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Harold Allen Ramis November 21, — February 24, was an American comedic actor , director , producer and writer. His best known movie roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes , both movies he co-wrote. Ramis was born in Chicago , Illinois to a Jewish family. He was married to San Francisco artist Anne Plotkin from until their divorce. They had a daughter, Violet, whose godfather is actor Bill Murray. He later married Erica Mann in 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.
Harold Ramis not only may be the most successful comedy writer-director that Chicago has produced, but some wouldn't even confine that statement to Chicago. Even in light in of that, he was more successful as a human being. Ramis' career was still thriving in , with "Groundhog Day" acquiring almost instant classic status upon its release and 's "Ghostbusters" ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, when he decided to move his family back to the Chicago area, where he grew up and had launched his career. On Monday, Ramis was surrounded by family in his North Shore home when he died at a.
Birthday: Nov 21, Harold Ramis was one of the most versatile comic talents of his generation, as well as one of the most influential. His signature film, "Groundhog Day" , went on to become one of the most acclaimed films of the s, not only regularly appearing on various lists of the best movies of all-time, but inspiring serious academic discussion of its philosophical underpinnings.