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Old 02-24-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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So sad. I'd have to thank him for a handful of my favorite films. RIP

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Default Re: Harold Ramis Died :-(

Ghostbusters has always been among my top favorite films ever, largely because of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. His appearance alone in Knocked Up (despite being hilarious already) put it over the top for me.

This month fucking sucks. First Philip Seymour Hoffman, now Harold Ramis. He's largely behind a lot of Bill Murray's early success, but unfortunately I feel like the general audiences won't even bat much of an eye at this one. Which is a goddamned shame.

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Default Re: Harold Ramis Died :-(

He also directed Groundhog Day (a classic) which was shot in Woodstock, IL where my wife grew up. We currently live about 15 minutes north of there.

A hilarious man who will be missed.
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R.I.P. at age 69

This profile of Mr. Ramis that ran in The New Yorker 10 years ago is available through mid-day Tuesday, at which point it goes back behind some firewall

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Crude as Animal House was, it was also rambunctiously optimistic. By setting the film in the early sixties, the writers tapped the source of their earliest ideals. “Our generation’s revolutionary energy had slipped away after Kent State and the rise of the violent fringe of the Weather Underground,” Ramis says. “We revived it.” They revived it by making their obvious outsiders into not so obvious insiders. “Woody Allen had defined the American nebbish as a loser,” Ramis adds. “But we felt instinctively that our outsiders weren’t losers. They may not achieve anything in the traditional sense—they may not even be smart—but they’re countercultural heroes. The movie went on after the credits to tell you that these were your future leaders, while the guys from the ‘good’ frat would be raped in prison and fragged by their own troops.”...

The voice that Ramis originated—a defanged sixties rebelliousness that doesn’t so much seek to oust the powerful as to embolden the powerless—remains the dominant mode in comedy today. “The ideas behind most comedies now—put the underdog in the corner and let him win, the marriage of comedy and anarchy in a single molecule, and having characters do all these unlikable things but remain completely winning—are all Harold’s,”

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He's largely behind a lot of Bill Murray's early success, but unfortunately I feel like the general audiences won't even bat much of an eye at this one. Which is a goddamned shame..
Agreed that if you have been out of the public eye fame is fleeting.

Harold Ramis and Bill Murray had been estranged for years

After [Groundhog Day] wrapped, Murray stopped speaking to Ramis. Some of the pair’s friends believe that Murray resents how large a role Ramis had in creating the Murray persona.

Michael Shamberg, a Hollywood producer who has known Ramis since college and who used to let Murray sleep on his couch, says, “Bill owes everything to Harold, and he probably has a thimbleful of gratitude.”


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But fortunately it appears Murray visited before his death

Ramis was quiet about his illness, but friends did visit, including brothers and Second City castmates Bill Murray, from whom he'd been estranged for years, and Brian Doyle-Murray, who appeared in seven Ramis movies.

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R.I.P. Harold Ramis. You gave us some of the most iconic comedies in movie history. You'll be missed.
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Good actors are dropping like flies it seems... This pretty much sucks.
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