"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Never to be Forgotten: Harold Ramis 1944-2014

Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director best known for his work in some of the most iconic comedy films of the last four decades, has died at the age of 69. For work in genre, his best known films are the Ghostbusters movies, but I would also include Groundhog Day, Multiplicity and the remake of Bedazzled.

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.

2 comments:

  1. The Internet is full of well deserved tributes to Ramis - I have been a huge fan of his for years. I turned 69 this year so 69 does seem to young. What a huge loss.

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  2. I paid a well deserved tribute to him on my website and Facebook page, saying that he was one of the true gods of comedy. What he was involved in would blow most people's minds...from an early joke editing stint at Playboy, to the National Lampoon Radio hour (I played Terminal Football on last weeks show...I hope I didn't jinx him!), to SCTV, Animal House and onward to the plethora of top notch comedy movies he helped create! A one of a kind for sure. RIP Harold!

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