Harold Ramis's Interesting Facts

1 He was awarded a Star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on May 16, 2004.
2 Lived on the north side of Chicago, Illinois until his death.
3 His paternal grandparents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants and his maternal grandparents were Polish Jews.
4 Had appeared with Bill Murray in four films: Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Groundhog Day (1993).
5 Wrote four of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Movies: Ghostbusters (1984) at #28, Groundhog Day (1993) at #34, Animal House (1978) at #36 and Caddyshack (1980) at #71. Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981) and Back to School (1986) were also nominated, but did not make the list.
6 Said in an interview that his working relationship with actor Bill Murray ended while filming Groundhog Day (1993) due to differing views on what the film should be about (Murray wanted it to be more philosophical, Ramis wanted it to be a comedy). Ramis also cites that Murray's real life personal problems at the time (specifically the ending of his first marriage) was having a ripple effect on his behavior at work as another factor in the unfortunate ending of their working relationship.
7 Best remembered by fans of all ages as Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
8 When he was doing his audition for Second City, it was him performing a sketch to a full house.
9 Once worked at a public school in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.
10 The proton packs worn in Ghostbusters (1984) were much heavier than they looked, and some were heavier than others depending on what a scene demanded while filming. According to director Ivan Reitman, none of the actors enjoyed wearing the packs, but Harold complained the least (Reitman would not say which actor complained the most).
11 Tried graduate school for a week, but it did not pan out.
12 Had three children: Daughter Violet Ramis (born 1977), with ex-wife Anne Ramis, and sons Julian Arthur Ramis (born May 10, 1990) and Daniel Hayes Ramis (born August 10, 1994), with wife Erica Mann.
13 Sketch comedian best known for his character Moe Green on SCTV (1976).
14 Teamed with John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray on "The National Lampoon Show" but, unlike the others, was not asked by Lorne Michaels to join Saturday Night Live (1975). Harold went to SCTV (1976) instead.
15 Once a mental ward orderly before finding work as a joke writer for Playboy magazine.
16 Was a former active member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
17 Attended and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1966. He later received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the university in 1993.
18 Attended and graduated from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.
19 Was a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington University.
20 Was a member of the Board of National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.
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