Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis, left, on the set with RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio. Ramis taught DiMaio crucial lessons about filmmaking including how to load tapes and which end of the camera to look into.

Chicago—Writer, actor, director and ghostbuster Harold Ramis has died from complications arising from his battle with vasculitis. He was 69.

A prolific comedy writer, Ramis both wrote and directed the comedy classics “Caddyshack,” “Groundhog Day,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” influencing a generation of comedy writers like Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen.

Besides appearing in both “Ghostbusters” films, he was also featured in “As Good As it Gets,” “Knocked Up,” “RECOiL” and “Stripes.”

Bill Murray, who starred in Ramis’ most famous films, and had been estranged from his old friend and collaborator since they finished “Groundhog Day,” issued this statement: “He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

He is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis; his daughter, Violet Stiel; sons Julian and Daniel Ramis and two grandchildren.
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Garry Marshall To Direct “Groundhog Day” Remake

Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day. This looks familiar.

Los Angeles—Critics are salivating over an announcement earlier today by Warner Brothers that they have given the green light for another holiday-themed star-studded romantic comedy from holiday filmmaker Garry Marshall: a remake of the Bill Murray classic “Groundhog Day!”

Despite not one single solitary positive review for any of Marshall’s recent holiday romantic comedies, an anonymous source at Warner Brothers admitted the films, “made just too damn much money, we had to let Garry remake this!”

“We’re really thrilled to get going on ‘Groundhog Day!’ because it’s a romantic comedy that has an environmental message, too,” the source said. “That combination is rare these days, with the notable exception of ‘The King’s Speech.’ But even that film, I think, you really had to look hard to find the message. But we’re excited!”
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