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9 ways Harold Ramis was just so bloody brilliant

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ACTOR, WRITER AND director Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69.

For thirty years he was involved in some of the best comedy projects ever brought to the screen.

Here are just some of them…

1. Ghostbusters

Ramis not only starred as Dr Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, he also co wrote the scripts with Dan Aykroyd and was involved in the planning for a long-awaited third movie.

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2. Caddyshack

Ramis also took on writing duties for the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, alongside Brian Doyle-Murray (Bill Murray’s brother) and Douglas Kennedy.

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Not only that, but he directed the film too.

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3. Stripes

Ramis starred in another comedy classic, Stripes, with Bill Murray in 1981. Ramis also took on writing duties in the film.

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4. Baby Boom

Ramis was the would-be ‘Dad’ of the little orphan Elizabeth in the 1987 film Baby Boom, which also starred Diane Keaton.

Anyone who’s ever fed a child spaghetti could feel his pain:



He did however (SPOILER ALERT) miss out on the chance to be part of the baby applesauce empire.

5. Knocked Up

Ramis played a small scene-stealing role in the 2007 film Knocked Up as Seth Rogen’s dad.



Ramis was a performer and a head writer at the comedy show Second City TV, which helped launch the careers of John Candy, John Belushi, Bill Murray and Catherine O’Hara.

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7. Groundhog Day

Ramis directed, produced and co-wrote the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day, which also starred his old friend Bill Murray.

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8. The US Office

Harold Ramis directed several episodes of the US version of The Office, including A Benihana Christmas, Safety Training and Beach Games.


9. National Lampoon

Ramis directed John Hughes’ 1983 screenplay for National Lampoon’s Vacation, but before that was involved in writing for the National Lampoon radio and stage shows in the seventies.

He also co-wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978.

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RIP Harold Ramis 1944 – 2014

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