(Director/Screenwriter) unique talents in writing, directing,
producing and acting have contributed to many of the most successful
screen comedies ever made.
Born in Chicago, Ramis received a bachelor's degree from Washington
University in St. Louis and returned there in 1993 to receive
an honorary Doctorate in Arts. He got his start in comedy in 1969
at Chicago's famed Second City improvisational theater troupe
while still employed as associate editor at Playboy Magazine.
In 1974, he moved to New York to help write and perform in "The
National Lampoon Show" with fellow Second City graduates
John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray. By 1976, Ramis was
the head writer and a regular performer on SCTV.
Ramis' Hollywood breakthrough came in 1978, when he co-wrote (with
Doug Kenny and Chris Miller) the blockbuster comedy "National
Lampoon's Animal House." Ramis went on to write a string
of hits. He and Ivan Reitman (producer of "Animal House")
teamed up again to work as writer and producer/director on such
box-office successes as "Meatballs "Stripes," "Ghostbusters"
and "Ghostbusters II." Ramis also co-starred in "Stripes"
and the "Ghostbuster" films.
Ramis made his directorial debut and co-wrote "Caddyshack"
starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield, followed
by "National Lampoon's Vacation," the enormously popular
comedy he directed and which starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo.
He also directed and co-wrote "Club Paradise," starring
Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole, and in the same year, co-wrote
and served as executive producer on Rodney Dangerfield's "Back
to School ."
Ramis' appearance in "Baby Boom" opposite Diane Keaton
marked his debut as an actor in a film he hadn't written, produced
or directed. He also appeared in "Stealing Home" with
Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon, "Love Affair" with Warren
Beatty, Annette Bening and Gary Shandling, and James L. Brooks'
"As Good As It Gets," the Academy Award-nominated film
starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
Ramis also directed, produced and co-wrote the comedy hit "Groundhog
Day" starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell; directed "Stuart
Saves His Family," starring Al Franken and Laura San Giacomo:
and directed, co-wrote (uncredited) and co-produced "Multiplicity,"
starring Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell.
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