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Harold Ramis Biography




Produced in Chicago in 1944, Harold Ramis is famous for creating and starring in a number of the very most successful comedies ever, including Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Knocked Up. Ramis expired on February 24, 2014, at age 69.

Famous celebrity, writer, director and producer Harold Allen Ramis was born on November 21, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois. An excellent pupil, he was chosen as a National Merit Scholar while in high school.

Following a sequence of occupations, including as a substitute teacher, he landed a place at Playboy magazine as a jokes editor. He finally became an associate editor in the publication, but left to join the well-known improvisational comedy troupe Second City in 1969.

While with Second City, Harold Ramis became known for his sharp mind and fast adlibs. (Other notable performers in the troupe in this time include John Belushi, Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray.) He worked using several other comic abilities on the show, including John Candy and Eugene Levy.

Harold Ramis Biography