Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis

Comedian, actor, director, screenwriter
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  • Said in an interview that his working relationship with actor Bill Murray ended while filming Ground Hog's Day (1993) due to differing views on what the film should be (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.
  • Is a former active member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
  • He raised his daughter by himself until he married Ericka.
  • His pastimes included fencing, ritual drumming and making hats from felted fleece, and he reportedly learned to ski by watching skiing on television.
  • Best remembered to fans of all ages as Egon in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbuster II (1989).
  • Shares a birthday with Bj√∂rk, Goldie Hawn, Rachel Rogers, Nicollette Sheridan, & Juliet Mills
  • 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 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 didn't pan out.
  • He has three children: Daughter Violet, born in 1977, with first wife Anne, and sons Julian, born in 1990, and Daniel, born in 1994, with present wife Erica.
  • Sketch comedian best known for his character Moe Green on SCTV.
  • Teamed 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." Harold went to Second City TV instead.
  • Once a mental ward orderly before finding work as a joke writer for Playboy magazine.
  • Is a former active member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Honorary Doctor of Arts from Washington University in 1993.
  • Member, Board of Trustees of Washington University.
  • Member of the Board of National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.
  • Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Frequently casts fellow Second City alumni: Bill Murray,
  • Frequently casts himself in bit parts.
  • Spouse: Erica Mann (7 May 1989 - present) 2 children Anne Jean Plotkin (2 July 1967 - 1984) (divorced) 1 child
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