Harold Ramis, on the far left, in Ghostbusters (1984).
Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day are some of my favourite comedy films. The genius behind these films and many more was Harold Ramis, a writer, director and actor, who died earlier this week from complications of an auto immune disease at the age of 69.
I best remember Ramis as that awkwardly tall, geeky scientist Egan Spengler in Ghostbusters. As a kid I first saw Ghostbusters (1984) with my grade six class friends during our graduation outing. I’m sure many of us spilled popcorn all over the movie theatre floor as we cowered behind our hands in some of the mild scary scenes, but ultimately we all laughed. It was silly and stupid but that’s why I loved it. Furthermore, who could ever forget that geeky theme song that accompanied the movie sung by Ray Parker Jr !
Years later, I would discover Caddyshack and Groundhog day, in which, these films over time have become comedy classics. With Caddyshack, Ramis made golf, in my opinion, one of the most boring sports ever, fun and hilarious. On a more serious note, Groundhog Day is a comedy that makes you think about existential matters, as its lead character Bill Murray, relives the same day until he gets it right.
I think those of us who love movies will mourn this funnyman’s departure. Below are three trailer clips from Ramis’ films that I love. Enjoy !
Photo Credit: The header image is courtesy of Columbia Pictures.