Celebrated for his unique gifts in writing, directing and producing,
HAROLD RAMIS (Director / Writer) has lent his expertise to many of the most
successful screen comedies ever made.
Ramis was born in Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree from Washington
University in St. Louis and returned there in 1993 to receive an honorary
Doctorate of Arts. He got his start in comedy with that city's famed Second
City improvisational theater group while employed as associate editor of Playboy
Magazine. In 1974, he moved to New York to write and perform in The
National Lampoon Show with fellow Second City graduates John Belushi, Gilda
Radner and Bill Murray, and in 1976 became head writer and regular performer on
the SCTV comedy series.
Ramis co-wrote the blockbuster National Lampoon's Animal House, and
teamed with producer/director Ivan Reitman as writer on Meatballs, Stripes,
Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. He also co-starred in Stripes
and the popular Ghostbuster films, and appeared in Baby Boom, Stealing
Home, Groundhog Day, Airheads, Love Affair, As Good
As It Gets, and the 2002 comedies Orange County and I'm With
Ramis made his directorial debut with the hit comedy Caddyshack, which
he co-wrote. Among his other directorial credits are Vacation, Club
Paradise, Groundhog Day (for which Ramis won the British Comedy Award
and shared a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay), Multiplicity, Stuart
Saves His Family, the international hit Analyze This and the recent
fantasy comedy Bedazzled, which he also co-wrote and produced.
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