, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


God damn it. Another good one is gone. If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, chances are Harold Ramis made you laugh. Whether being careful not to cross the streams in Ghostbusters or battling Eastern Block communists in Stripes as an actor, or bringing the guffaws in monologues by Carl Spackler in Caddyshack or food fights in Animal House as a writer, or bringing the inevitable pain commencing after Sonny & Cher‘s “I Got You Babe” played while directing Groundhog Day, Harold Ramis had a great comedic gift and we are all better off that he shared it with us. Many of the great Bill Murray characters that he inhabited (Carl Spackler, Tripper Harrison, John Winger, Phil Connors, Peter Venkman) would not have happened without Ramis and for that we should all be grateful. And never forget, he took a John Hughes script for National Lampoon’s Vacation and helped create a classic American character. Thoughts and good vibes go out to the Ramis family and his friends.

First Phil Hoffman dies, now this. Fuck.

Here’s a clip from one of my childhood faves, Stripes:

And another fabulous clip from Back to School:

RIP, Harold.