Harold Ramis isn’t just a brilliant and charming writer, director, and actor, he’s a legend of comedy and one of the greatest icons of our time. He is also one of the greatest inspirational figures from my childhood. I used to stay up late watching taped VHS copies of films like Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes and Ghostbusters as if it were my practiced religion. But whether he wrote, directed or acted in a film there was always an underlying heart and humanity hidden underneath all the slapstick humor and laughter. And his reputation as a humble man and as a caring and decent human being are qualities that were evident in both his life as well as his work in film. There is a wry smile behind all his characters that made you feel warm and fuzzy inside. You couldn’t help but feel that if you ever met the man he would be every bit as decent and fun-loving as the person you came to know on screen.
Harold passed away at his Chicago home on February 24, 2014 from complications arising from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. But his work will outlive him. His films will endure and keep his legacy alive and vibrant for many years to come.
Thanks again for all the memories, Harold. And thanks for always making me smile.
May you Rest in peace.