Monday, February 24, 2014
Never to be Forgotten: Harold Ramis 1944-2014
Online tributes to him always mention what a nice guy he was as well as his remarkable talent. Today, Bill Murray has the most successful career of any early alumnus of Saturday Night Live, but it should be noted that Ramis wrote and directed two of Murray's best, Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, and wrote and co-starred with him in Ghostbusters. There have been many comedy/horror or comedy/sci-fi movies, but Ghostbusters was one of the first in the era of big special effects films and it was funny as hell. (I'll admit I didn't love the second one as much.) I was always a fan of the SCTV show in syndication and Ramis had a few seasons with that comedy troupe as well.
Dying at 69 feels ridiculously too young nowadays. I know part of this is because I'm getting older, but another part is that people are living longer in general. This is another of those obituaries that hits hard personally.
Best wishes to the family, friends and co-workers of Harold Ramis, from a big fan. He is never to be forgotten.