Harold Ramis

American actor, comedian, and filmmaker (1944–2014)

Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American comedic actor, director, producer and writer. His best known movie roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), both movies he co-wrote. He also wrote and directed Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993) and Analyze This (1999).

Harold Ramis
Ramis in October 2009.
Harold Allen Ramis

(1944-11-21)November 21, 1944
DiedFebruary 24, 2014(2014-02-24) (aged 69)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actor, director, writer
Years active1969–2010
Anne Plotkin
(m. 1967⁠–⁠1984)

Erica Mann
(m. 1989⁠–⁠2014)

Ramis was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family. He was married to San Francisco artist Anne Plotkin from 1967 until their divorce. They had a daughter, Violet, whose godfather is actor Bill Murray. He later married Erica Mann in 1989. They had two sons: Julian Arthur and Daniel Hayes.

Ramis died from an infection of the blood vessel (vasculitis) at his home in North Shore, Chicago. He was 69.[1]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House No Yes No
1979 Meatballs No Yes No
1980 Caddyshack Yes Yes No Directorial Debut
1981 Stripes No Yes No
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Yes No No
1984 Ghostbusters No Yes No
1986 Back to School No Yes executive
Club Paradise Yes Yes No
Armed and Dangerous No Yes No
1988 Caddyshack II No Yes No
1989 Ghostbusters II No Yes No
1991 Rover Dangerfield No Yes No
1993 Groundhog Day Yes Yes Yes BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Yes No No
1996 Multiplicity Yes No Yes
1999 Analyze This Yes Yes No
2000 Bedazzled Yes Yes Yes
2002 Analyze That Yes Yes No
2005 The Ice Harvest Yes No No
2009 Year One Yes Yes Yes

Executive Producer


  1. Caro, Mark (February 24, 2014). "Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 24, 2014.

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