Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with “Groundhog Day” acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984’s “Ghostbusters” ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.
Chicago Tribune is reporting that Harold Ramis has died.
I’ll be selfish for a moment. I always thought he’d be the man to direct a Del Close biopic.
Every improv and sketch comedy theater in the country should dip the lights for him tonight.
This makes me incredibly sad.
Every time someone wonderful passes away it makes me feel both profoundly sick and sad that they are gone and simultaneously amazed and grateful that they ever existed at all.
I’m gonna watch some early SCTV (he was head writer for Seasons 1-3) and maybe Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters 1 and 2 this week.
All talk of a possible Ghostbusters 3 is now moot. They can do whatever kind of re-boot fan fiction they want, they can even coax Bill Murray to do a cameo, but it’s not Ghostbusters without Egon Spengler.