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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.

Quick Facts

Birth date: November 21, 1944, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Birth place: Chicago
Death date: February 24, 2014, Glencoe, Illinois, United States
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Profession:Film director, Actor, Writer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television producer, Television Director, Voice Actor
Education:Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School, Nicholas Senn High School, Chicago; Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Erica Mann (m. 1989–2014), Anne Ramis (m. 1967–1984)
Children:Violet Ramis, Daniel Hayes Ramis, Julian Arthur Ramis
Awards:St. Louis Walk of Fame (2004), Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award (2005), Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement (2015), London Film Critics Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Nominations:BAFTA Award, Gemini Award, Saturn Award, Hugo Award, WGA Award, Earle Grey Award
Movies:"Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Analyze This" (1999), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978)
TV shows:“SCTV”, "Second City Television" (1976-1978), "Delta House" (1979), "The Top" (1984), "The Office" (2007-2010), "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" (2009)
Books:"Bedazzled: The Screenplay" (2002), "Ghostbusters II" (1989)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1After not speaking to each other for a number of years, Bill Murray reportedly visited Ramis before his death and they both made their peace with each other.
2He was awarded a Star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on May 16, 2004.
3Lived on the north side of Chicago, Illinois until his death.
4His paternal grandparents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants and his maternal grandparents were Polish Jews.
5Had appeared with Bill Murray in four films: Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Groundhog Day (1993).
6Wrote 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.
7Said 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.
8Best remembered by fans of all ages as Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
9When he was doing his audition for Second City, it was him performing a sketch to a full house.
10Once worked at a public school in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.
11The 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).
12Tried graduate school for a week, but it did not pan out.
13Had 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.
14Sketch comedian best known for his character Moe Green on SCTV (1976).
15Teamed 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.
16Once a mental ward orderly before finding work as a joke writer for Playboy magazine.
17Was a former active member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
18Attended 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.
19Attended and graduated from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1962.
20Was a member of the Board of Trustees of Washington University.
21Was a member of the Board of National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Frequently casts fellow Second City alumnus Bill Murray
2Frequently casts himself in small roles


Quotes

#Quote
1At 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.".
2[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".
3The best comedy touches something that's timeless and universal in people. When it's right, those things last.
4It'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.
5[on the death of his friend Douglas Kenney in 1980] Doug probably fell while he was looking for a place to jump.
6Well, 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.
7Well, I never made big films to make big films; the scale's been appropriate to the content.
8I'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.".
9Chicago 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.
10Everything 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...
11[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.
12At 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).
13[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.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Laurel Award for Screen Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
2007Contribution to FilmVail Film Festival
2001Screenwriting Hall of FameAmerican Screenwriters Association, USA
2000Chicago AwardChicago International Film Festival
1997Commitment to Chicago AwardChicago Film Critics Association Awards
1995Earle Grey AwardGemini Awards· Eugene Levy
· Rick Moranis
· John Candy
· Dave Thomas
· Catherine O'Hara
· Joe Flaherty
· Andrea Martin
· Martin Short
1994BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalGroundhog Day (1993)· Danny Rubin
1994ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsScreenwriter of the YearGroundhog Day (1993)· Danny Rubin

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Interactive Achievement AwardAcademy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, USAOutstanding Achievement in Adapted StoryGhostbusters (2009)· Dan Aykroyd (writer)
· Patrick Hegarty (writer)
· Flint Dille (writer)
· John Melchior (writer)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorGroundhog Day (1993)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingGroundhog Day (1993)· Danny Rubin
1994HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationGroundhog Day (1993)· Danny Rubin (screenplay, story)
1985HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationGhostbusters (1984)· Ivan Reitman (director)
· Dan Aykroyd (written by)
1979WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenAnimal House (1978)· Douglas Kenney
· Chris Miller

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayGroundhog Day (1993)· Danny Rubin


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghostbusters: Ecto Force2018TV Series characters - 2018 announced
Ghostbusters2016based on the 1984 film "Ghostbusters" written by
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime2011Video Game characters and universe
The Real Ghostbusters2011Short creator
The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire: Spilled Milk2010Short based on characters created by
Year One2009screenplay / story
Ghostbusters2009Video Game characters
Extreme Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Invasion2004Video Game characters
È già ieri2004screenplay "Groundhog Day"
Analyze That2002written by
Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-12002Video Game characters
Bedazzled2000screenplay
Analyze This1999screenplay
Extreme Ghostbusters1997TV Series characters - 40 episodes
Groundhog Day1993screenplay
The Real Ghostbusters1986-1991TV Series characters - 140 episodes
Rover Dangerfield1991story developed by
Ghostbusters II1989characters / written by
Ghostbusters II1989Video Game characters
The Best of SCTV1988TV Movie
Caddyshack II1988characters / written by
Meatballs III: Summer Job1986characters
Ghostbusters1986Video Game characters
Armed and Dangerous1986story and screenplay
Club Paradise1986screenplay
Back to School1986screenplay
Ghostbusters1984written by
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me1982TV Movie head writer
SCTV Network1981-1982TV Series additional material - 5 episodes
Stripes1981written by
Caddyshack1980written by
Meatballs1979written by
SCTVTV Series head writer - 25 episodes, 1976 - 1977 writer - 22 episodes, 1978 - 1979 supervising writer - 16 episodes, 1978 written by - 1 episode, 1976
Delta House1979TV Series written by - 1 episode
Animal House1978written by
TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards1976TV Special documentary
Super Bowl1976TV Movie documentary
The TVTV Show1976TV Movie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Year One2009Adam
Ghostbusters2009Video GameDr. Egon Spengler (voice)
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story2007L'Chaim
Knocked Up2007Ben's Dad
The Last Kiss2006Professor Bowler
I'm with Lucy2002Jack
Orange County2002Don Durkett
High Fidelity2000Rob's Dad (scenes deleted)
As Good as It Gets1997Dr. Bettes
Love Affair1994Sheldon Blumenthal
Airheads1994Chris Moore
Groundhog Day1993Neurologist
Ghostbusters II1989Dr. Egon Spengler
Stealing Home1988Alan Appleby
Baby Boom1987Steven Buchner
Ghostbusters1984Dr. Egon Spengler
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters1984Video shortDr. Egon Spengler (uncredited)
National Lampoon's Vacation1983Car salesman (voice, uncredited)
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone1983Voice on Intercom (voice, uncredited)
SCTV Network1982TV SeriesAllan 'Crazy Legs' Herschman
Heavy Metal1981Zeke (segment "So Beautiful and So Dangerous") (voice)
Stripes1981Russell
SCTV1976-1978TV SeriesVarious / Moe Green / Dancer
The TVTV Show1976TV MovieVarious

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance2012Documentary executive producer
Year One2009co-producer
Archie's Final Project2009executive producer
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With2006executive producer
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest2002executive producer
The Inspector General2000TV Movie producer
Bedazzled2000producer
Multiplicity1996producer
Groundhog Day1993producer
Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter1987TV Movie executive producer
Armed and Dangerous1986executive producer - uncredited
Back to School1986executive producer
The Top1984TV Movie executive producer
The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me1982TV Movie producer
SCTV1976-1977TV Series associate producer - 16 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Office2006-2010TV Series 4 episodes
Year One2009
Atlanta2007TV Movie
The Ice Harvest: Alternate Endings2006Video short
The Ice Harvest2005
Analyze That2002
Bedazzled2000
Analyze This1999
Multiplicity1996
Stuart Saves His Family1995
Groundhog Day1993
Club Paradise1986
National Lampoon's Vacation1983
Caddyshack1980

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bedazzled2000writer: "Dolphin Song"
Groundhog Day1993writer: "Weatherman"
Stripes1981performer: "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghostbusters2016for
Sasha, the Princess of Darkness2016TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Jambareeqi Reviews2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Ass Backwards2013special thanks
Biography: Bill Murray2009TV Movie archival clips & photos
Caddyshack: The Inside Story2009TV Movie special thanks
Dakota Skye2008special thanks
Eagle vs Shark2007special thanks
American Pets2006Video short special thanks
Groundhog Day: The Weight of Time2002Video documentary short special thanks
The Mask1994thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter1987TV MovieHimself
Comic Relief1986/ITV SpecialMoe Green
The Richard Lewis 'I'm in Pain' Concert1985TV Movie documentaryHimself - Witness
The Top1984TV MovieHimself
The Rodney Dangerfield Special: I Can't Take It No More1983TV MovieHimself / Various
Late Night with David Letterman1983TV SeriesHimself - Guest
TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards1976TV Special documentaryHimself
Super Bowl1976TV Movie documentaryHimself (voice)
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesVarious
We Are One2017DocumentaryHimself
Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon2016DocumentaryHimself
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters2016Video documentaryHimself
Directing Flint: Daniel Mann2013Video shortHimself
Metaphysical Milkshake2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Invitation to World Literature2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2009-2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Friend / Himself
Caddyshack: The Inside Story2009TV MovieHimself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Slimer Mode2009Video documentaryHimself - 'Egon Spangler' / Co-writer
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2007 Vail Film Festival2008ShortHimself
Animal House: The Inside Story2008TV MovieHimself
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres2008TV MovieHimself
Greatest Ever 80s Movies2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Students of 'The Graduate'2007Video shortHimself
The Seduction2007Video shortHimself
The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord & Conflict2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
Second City: First Family of Comedy2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
American Pets2006Video shortHimself
The Ice Harvest: Beneath the Harvest2006Video documentary shortHimself
A Bedazzled Conversation with Harold Ramis2006Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Best Ever Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stars and Stripes 12004Video documentary shortHimself
Stars and Stripes 22004Video documentary shortHimself
Unseen + Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
American Storytellers2003DocumentaryHimself
Comedy Central Canned Ham2002TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Behind the Movie2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Groundhog Day: The Weight of Time2002Video documentary shortHimself - Interviewee
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Caddyshack: The 19th Hole1999Video short documentaryHimself - Director
Ghostbusters 19991999Video short documentaryHimself / Dr. Egon Spengler
Chicago Filmmakers on the Chicago River1998DocumentaryHimself
The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion1998Video documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialElon Spengler
Slimer Won't Do That! The Making of 'The Real Ghostbusters'1990TV MovieHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lego Dimensions2015Video GameDr. Egon Spengler
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself / Film Director
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Director / Writer / Actor (In Memoriam)
ITV Evening News2014TV SeriesDr. Egon Spengler
Good Mythical Morning2012TV SeriesDr. Egon Spengler
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesDr. Egon Spengler
Nostalgia Critic2011TV SeriesEgon Spengler
Zombieland2009Egon Spengler (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesRussell Ziskey
Secrets of New York2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best of John Candy on SCTV1996TV MovieVarious Characters
The Best of SCTV1988TV MovieVarious Characters
SCTV Network1982TV SeriesVarious

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