Hollywood Reacts to Harold Ramis’ Death

Harold Ramis, possibly best known for starring in “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes” and directing/writing “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day,” died Monday at 69.

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Given his status as a trailblazer, it’s no surprise that Hollywood bizzers — especially those of the comedic variety — have come out in droves to tweet or type out their thoughts about Ramis and his legacy.

“Harold Ramis and I together did ‘The National Lampoon’ show off-Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day,'” said Bill Murray. “He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

“Harold Ramis made almost every movie which made me want to become a comedy director,” Judd Apatow said. “‘Animal House,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Vacation,’ ‘Groundhog Day.’ These films are the touchstones of our lives. I interviewed him when I was 16 years old for my high school radio station and he could not have been more gracious and hilarious. I looked up to him as a director but even more so as a man. We hired him to play Seth’s father in ‘Knocked Up’ because we all saw him as the dream dad – funny, warm and wise. Harold was one of the nicest people I have ever met and he inspired countless people to go into comedy. His brilliant work will make people happy forever.”

“Harold directed me in ‘Caddyshack’ and the first ‘Vacation,'” said Chevy Chase. “It was Harold who acted out and gave me the inspiration for the character of Clark Griswold.  I was really copying Harold’s impression of Clark.  He was a truly funny and highly intelligent man with great honesty and a great appreciation for the best kind of comedy.”

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  1. I had the very good fortune of working with Harold Ramis twice. 1st time was as a fellow Actor in “Stripes” & then directed by him in the 1st “Vacation” film. He will always be remembered as one nicest Guys in Hollywood as well as a Great filmmaker, he will be Greatly missed by
    all.
    John
    Voldstad

  2. Gail says:

    Sorry to hear this news. Rest in peace, Harold Ramis.

  3. david t. krall says:

    from: david t. krall
    email: truthatlarge@hotmail.com

    Harold Ramis and SCTV forever !!! You shared and bestowed your truly gifted wit and comedy with and upon us. Thank You !!! Now you can share your comedy with Groucho, Jack, George and all the other great ones !!!
    Safe Passage & Journey…Rest In Peace…
    David T. Krall

  4. Mike P. says:

    Jason Reitman nailed it. It does feel like one of the Beatles died. I grew up watching everything that Harold Ramis starred in, wrote and directed. Repeatedly.

    The void he leaves will never be fully filled.

  5. big daddy D says:

    RIP Mr. Ramis

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