Harold Allen Ramis was born in 1944, in Illinois, USA. Harold was a director, writer and an actor, probably best known for creating such films as “Groundhog Day”, “Analyze This” and others. What is more, Harold is famous for his roles in “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters”. During his career, Harold was nominated for and won various awards, for example BAFTA Award, Gemini Award, Saturn Award, Hugo Award, WGA Award and many others. He was also included in the “St. Louis Walk of Fame”. It was announced that in 2015 Harold will be honored posthumously with the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. Unfortunately, in 2014 the world lost this talented creator.
So how rich was Harold Ramis? It is estimated that Harold’s net worth is $50 million. The main source of this sum of money is, of course, his career as a movie director and actor. He is considered to be one of the best comedy creators of his time. There is no doubt, that his work will be remembered for a long time in the future, as he was, undoubtedly, a very talented person.
Harold Ramis Net Worth $50 Million
Harold Ramis studied at Washington University and after graduating started working in a mental institution. According to him, this kind of experience helped him to work better with actors and others in the movie industry. Later Harold began working with the improvisational comedy enterprise, called “The Second City”. He also worked for the “Chicago Daly News” and “Playboy” magazine. This added to Harold Ramis’ net worth. In 1974 Harold became a part of the “The National Lampoon Radio Hour”, in which he worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and others. Two years later, Harold appeared in the show called “SCTV”. This had a huge impact not only on Harold’s career, but on his net worth as well. In 1978 Ramis, together with Douglas Kennery and Chris Miller wrote a script for the movie entitled “National Lampoon’s Animal House”. It is considered to be one of the most profitable movies in the history of film, and the success of which made Harold acclaimed and more famous. Another famous movie written by Harold and Dan Aykroyd was “Ghostbusters”. Both of them also acted in this movie and it, of course, made Harold’s net worth grow. In 1993 another masterpiece created by Harold was released, the movie called “Groundhog Day”, starring Bill Murray, Chris Elliott and Andie MacDowell. Nowadays it is still considered to be one of the best movies of its type ever made.
Talking about Harold’s personal life, he was married twice and had three children. He liked fencing, playing acoustic guitar and was also a fan of the “Chicago Cubs” baseball team. All in all, Harold Ramis was one of the most talented and successful directors and actors in the movie industry. Many contemporary creators admire his work and look up to him. There is no doubt that Harold and his impact on the movie industry will not be forgotten.
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.
When he was doing his audition for Second City, it was him performing a sketch to a full house.
Once worked at a public school in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.
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).
Tried graduate school for a week, but it did not pan out.
Had three children: daughter Violet Ramis (born in 1977), with ex-wife Anne Ramis, and sons Julian Arthur Ramis (born on May 10, 1990) and Daniel Ramis (Daniel Hayes Ramis) (born on August 10, 1994), with wife Erica Mann.
Sketch comedian best known for his character Moe Green on SCTV (1976).
Once a mental ward orderly before finding work as a joke writer for Playboy magazine.
Was a former active member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
Attended and graduated from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.
Was a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington University.
Was a member of the Board of National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.
Frequently casts fellow Second City alumnus Bill Murray
Frequently casts himself in small roles
At SCTV, we were virtually self-directed. Whoever wrote the piece pretty much determined how the piece was going to play. We directed each other. Joe Flaherty kind of appointed himself my director. He'd tell me stuff like, "Open your eyes real big.".
[on directing Robin Williams and Eugene Levy in Club Paradise (1986)] I'd say, "Robin, could you play that scene faster?" And he'd say, "Faster isn't a direction." So I'd say, "Your character is feeling a sense of urgency right now." By contrast, I went to Gene and said, "You did that scene in a minute-twenty. Could you do it in a minute?". And he said, "Sure".
The best comedy touches something that's timeless and universal in people. When it's right, those things last.
It's hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive. We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes. We attack the winners.
[on the death of his friend Douglas Kenney in 1980] Doug probably fell while he was looking for a place to jump.
Well, for me, it's the relationship between comedy and life - that's the edge I live on, and maybe it's my protection against looking at the tragedy of it all. It's seeing life in balance. Comedy and tragedy co-exist. You can't have one without the other. I'm of the school that anything can be funny, if seen from a comedic point of view.
Well, I never made big films to make big films; the scale's been appropriate to the content.
I'm at my best when I'm working with really talented people, and I'm there to gently suggest or guide or inspire or contribute whatever I can to their effort. It's not like I'm gonna tell Robert De Niro how to act - but I could provide him with useful anecdotal material from my own life or other people I've known, or actual psychological information, or insights into his character. The technique's up to him. But, there are ways to gently urge an actor to pick up the pace or slow it down or focus more, to go bigger or smaller. Some actors are very open right at the beginning - they say, "You only need four words with me: Bigger, smaller, faster, slower.".
Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest - people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago, and what a good culture we've got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago.
Everything we see has some hidden message. A lot of awful messages are coming in under the radar - subliminal consumer messages, all kinds of politically incorrect messages...
[on whether he and Bill Murray would consider doing a third Ghostbusters movie] My attitude is generally like Bill's old attitude -- there's no point unless it has some interesting quality or something to say about the subject. Personally, I don't rule it out. I'm skeptical, but maybe it'll work.
At first, I would get mail saying, 'Oh, you must be a Christian because the movie [Groundhog Day (1993)] 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! Well, I knew they loved it because my mother-in-law has lived in a Buddhist meditation centre for 30 years and my wife lived there for five years. - remarks to the New York Times on the ecumenical popularity of Groundhog Day (1993).
[During the 20-year Ghostbusters reunion commentary on the Ghostbusters DVD] Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier [Laurence Olivier] knew it, Brando [Marlon Brando] knew it.