Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis

  • Highest Rated: 97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% Caddyshack II (1988)
  • Birthday: Nov 21, 1944
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • His long and fruitful association with Canada's Second City comedy troupe has led some to assume that Harold Ramis was Canadian; actually he hailed from the original "Second City," Chicago. After college, Ramis worked as editor of the Party Jokes page of Playboy magazine. He later performed with Chicago's Second City aggregation, and was a cast member of the Broadway revue National Lampoon's Lemmings, a major spawning ground of most of Saturday Night Live's cast. Ramis didn't join the SNL folks, but instead headed for Edmonton, where he was a writer/performer on the weekly Second City TV sketch comedy series. Like the rest of his talented co-stars, Ramis played a rich variety of roles on the series, the most prominent of which was TV station manager Moe Green (a character name swiped from the second Godfather movie); his other characters tended to be nerdy or officious types. Ramis' film activities have included screenwriting (National Lampoon's Animal House) and directing (1980s Caddyshack and 1984's Club Paradise). His best remembered screen appearance was as paranormal troubleshooter Egon Spengler in the two Ghostbusters flicks. Retaining close ties with his Second City compadres (on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border), Ramis directed the 1993 Bill Murray vehicle Groundhog Day and the 1995 Al Franken starrer Stuart Saves His Family. Though Groundhog Day was generally lauded as one of the most fresh and original comedies to come down the pipe in quite some time, Stuart Saves His Family didn't prove any where near as successful despite some generally positive critical nods. To be fair, audiences had certainly had their fill of SNL spinoff movies by this point and the movie did have a somewhat hard time balancing its drama with comedy, but with well written characters and a smart script many eventually succumbed to its charm when the film was released on home video shortly thereafter. Where Stuart Saves His Family had scored with critics and bombed with the masses, Ramis' next film, the Michael Keaton comedy Multiplicity, did almost the exact opposite. Generally regarded as only a mediocre effort by the press, audiences seemed to enjoy the idea of multiple Keatons and the film performed fairly well at the box office. It seemed that Ramis was a director in need of balancing critical and mass reception, and with his next film he seemed to do just that. An inventive comedy that paired Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal as a troubled mob boss and his tentative psychiatrist respectively, Analyze This seemed to get a fair shake from just about everybody. As one of DeNiro's first straight comedies, audiences had a cathartic blast watching him gleefully deconstruct the hardened, fearsome persona he had been perfecting since the early days of his career. Ramis next stepped behind the camera for Bedazzled - a remake of the beloved Dudley Moore/Peter Cooke comedy classic. Unfortunately the film proved to be one of the director's biggest failures to date. Opting next to stick with more familiar, but again not altogether original ground, Ramis headed up the sequel to Analyze This - amusingly titled Analyze That - in 2002. Though it may not have been the most necessary sequel in the history of film, fans were generally pleased and the film proved a moderate success. Sure all of Ramis' work as a director left little time for other endeavors, but the busy filmmaker somehow found time to serve as a producer on many of his own projects (in addition to such non-Ramis directed films as The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest) as well as step in front of the camera for such efforts as As Good As It Gets (1997), Orange County (2002), Knocked Up (2007), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), and Year One (2009), which he also wrote and directed. Ramis died at age 69 in 2014.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet We Are One (I Am You) Actor 2017
55% Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Executive Producer 2012
57% Archie's Final Project Producer 2011
15% Year One Director Adam Producer Screenwriter $43.4M 2009
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest Actor 2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story L' Chai'm $18.4M 2007
90% Knocked Up Ben's Dad $148.8M 2007
46% The Last Kiss Professor Bowler $11.6M 2006
73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Executive Producer 2006
46% The Ice Harvest Director $8.9M 2005
No Score Yet American Storytellers Director Actor 2003
No Score Yet American Storytellers Actor 2003
27% Analyze That Screenwriter Director $32.1M 2002
11% The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Executive Producer 2002
46% Orange County Don Durkett $41.1M 2002
No Score Yet I'm with Lucy Lucy's Dad 2002
49% Bedazzled Screenwriter Director Producer 2000
70% Analyze This Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion Actor 1998
85% As Good as It Gets Dr. Bettes 1997
43% Multiplicity Producer Screenwriter Director 1996
30% Stuart Saves His Family Director 1995
30% Love Affair Sheldon Blumenthal 1994
21% Airheads Chris Moore 1994
96% Groundhog Day Neurologist Producer 1993
No Score Yet Rover Dangerfield Screenwriter 1991
53% Ghostbusters 2 Dr. Egon Spengler Screenwriter 1989
20% Stealing Home Alan Appleby at 38 1988
4% Caddyshack II Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter Executive Producer Actor 1988
73% Baby Boom Steven 1987
11% Armed and Dangerous Executive Producer Screenwriter 1986
11% Club Paradise Director Screenwriter 1986
85% Back to School Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer 1986
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Dr. Egon Spengler Screenwriter 1984
93% National Lampoon's Vacation Director 1983
60% Heavy Metal Zeks 1981
86% Stripes Screenwriter Russell Ziskey 1981
74% Caddyshack Director Screenwriter 1980
76% Meatballs Screenwriter 1979
90% National Lampoon's Animal House Screenwriter 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

97% Atlanta
2016-2018
Director
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
89% The Office
2005-2013
Director
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet SCTV
1976-1981
Performer

QUOTES FROM Harold Ramis CHARACTERS

Egon Spengler
Don't cross the streams!
Ben's Dad
If any of us get laid tonight, it's because of Eric Bana in "Munich."
Ben's Dad
[to bartender] You're going to be embarrassed when you realize I'm Wilmer Valderama.
Ben's Dad
I love you. You're the best thing that ever happened to me.
Ben Stone
I'm the best thing that's ever happened to you?
Ben's Dad
Yes.
Ben Stone
Now I'm starting to feel a little sorry for YOU...
Janine Melnitz
You are so kind to take care of that man. You know, you're a real humanitarian.
Egon Spengler
I don't think he's human.
Russell Ziskey
my father always told me never hit another person in anger unless you were absolutely sure you could get away with it.
Russell Ziskey
My father always told me never hit another person in anger unless you were absolutely sure you could get away with it.
Russell Ziskey
If we die, my blood is on your hands
Russell Ziskey
If we die, my blood is on your hands.
John Winger
just dont get it on my shoes.
John Winger
Just dont get it on my shoes.
L'Chai'm
Cox and Lil' Nutsack, its a good combination.
Egon Spengler
Don't cross the streams.
Peter Venkman
Why?
Egon Spengler
It would be bad.
Peter Venkman
I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
Egon Spengler
Try to image all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Raymond Stantz
Total protonic reversal.
Peter Venkman
Right. That's bad. Okay. Alright, important safety tip. Thanks Egon.
Raymond Stantz
You know, it's just occurred to meâ?¦we really haven't had a completely successful test of this equipment.
Raymond Stantz
You know, it's just occurred to me we really haven't had a completely successful test of this equipment.
Egon Spengler
I blame myself.
Peter Venkman
So do I.
Raymond Stantz
No sense in worrying about it now.
Peter Venkman
Why worry? Each of us is wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.
Louis Tully
Your honor ladies and gentlemen of the audience. I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Ok so the blackout was a big problem for everybody ok, I was stuck in an elevator for two hours and i had to make the time, but i don't blame them cause one time i turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.
Louis Tully
Your honor ladies and gentlemen of the audience. I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Okay so the blackout was a big problem for everybody okay, I was stuck in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the time, but i don't blame them cause one time I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.
Egon Spengler
Very good louis, short but pointless.
Raymond Stantz
You never even had a Slinky?
Egon Spengler
We had part of a Slinky, but i straightened it.
Janine Melnitz
Do you want some coffee mister Tully?
Louis Tully/The Key Master
Do i?
Louis Tully/The Key Master
Do I?
Egon Spengler
Yes have some.
Louis Tully/The Key Master
Yes have some!
Raymond Stantz
Ok i'm opening the trap, don't look directly at the trap!
Egon Spengler
I looked at the trap Ray!
Raymond Stantz
I think we better split-up.
Egon Spengler
Ya, good idea.
Peter Venkman
Ya we can do more damage that way.
Janine Melnitz
I read a lot myself, some people think i'm too intelectual but i think it's a fabulous way to spend your time. I also play Racket ball. Do you have any hobbies?
Janine Melnitz
I read a lot myself, some people think I'm too intelectual but I think it's a fabulous way to spend your time. I also play Racket ball. Do you have any hobbies?
Egon Spengler
I collect Spores, Moldes, and Fungus.
Egon Spengler
I collect spores, moldes, and fungus.
Egon Spengler
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
Peter Venkman
Egon this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head.
Peter Venkman
Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head.
Egon Spengler
That would have worked if you wouldnt have stopped me [nods]
Egon Spengler
That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me.
Raymond Stantz
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Egon Spengler
Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddmore
The dead rising from the grave!
Peter Venkman
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!