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.

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.


  1. I would add the comedy classic, Stripes, also with Bill Murray to the list of favorites with Harold Ramis.


  2. We’ve lost a great talent.


  3. Can’t believe it. So sad… but his comedic genius will live on in his artistic creations! Nice tribute, Robert. Cheers!


  4. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Most of you are aware that talented writer, director and actor Harold Ramis died earlier this week. Here’s a tribute to him from Robert Horvat’s “If It Happened Yesterday” blog. I not only remember the cultural phenomenon that was “Ghostbusters,” but Ramis’s wonderful film “Groundhog Day”–one of the movies I chose as my top 5 “twisted time” movies–helped inspire my own work in progress, The Valley of Forever. Check out Robert’s tribute here, complete with video clips.


  5. HL=huge like… 🙂 Bill Murray is a great actor!!!


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