Screenwriter Profile: Harold Ramis

AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL IN DEAUVILLEThe Writer:

Harold Ramis passed away a few days ago, and the world got a little less funny. You probably remember Ramis as one of the Ghostbusters, but you may not know that Ramis co-wrote the Ghostbusters script in addition to many of the most iconic comedies of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Ramis was the comic genius behind such films as Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day. Our profession doesn’t get much better than Harold Ramis. He will be missed.

Credits:

Year One (screenplay) / (story) – 2009

Analyze That (written by) – 2002

Bedazzled (screenplay) – 2000

Analyze This (screenplay) – 1999

Groundhog Day (screenplay) – 1993

The Best of SCTV (TV Movie) – 1988

Caddyshack II (characters) / (written by) – 1988

Armed and Dangerous (story and screenplay) – 1986

Club Paradise (screenplay) – 1986

Back to School (screenplay) – 1986

Ghostbusters (written by) – 1984

The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me (TV Movie) (head writer) – 1982

Stripes (written by) – 1981

Caddyshack (written by) – 1980

Meatballs (written by) – 1979

SCTV (TV Series) (head writer – 25 episodes, 1976 – 1977) (writer – 22 episodes, 1978 – 1979)

Delta House (TV Series) (written by – 1 episode) – 1979

Animal House (written by) – 1978

The TVTV Show (TV Movie) – 1976

Quotes:

At first, I would get mail saying, ‘Oh, you must be a Christian because the movie [Groundhog Day] so beautifully expresses Christian belief’. Then, rabbis started calling from all over, saying they were preaching the film as their next sermon. And the Buddhists!

I’m not a believer in the pratfall. I don’t think it’s funny just to have someone fall down.

No matter what I have to say, I’m still trying to say it in comedic form.

The best comedy touches something that’s timeless and universal in people. When it’s right, those things last.

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