Harold Ramis

Biography: Harold Ramis, born on 21 November 1944, hails from Chicago. He is an American director and writer, but he is best known for his acting roles in movies such as Ghostbusters and Stripes. Harold is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an alumnus of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington. When Harold Ramis wrote the very popular movie Animal House it is often said that he used his experiences in the fraternity. After college, Harold Ramis’ first writing job was as a joke editor for Playboy magazine. While in Chicago he seized an opportunity to join the Second City comedy troupe. This is where he met actors such as John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. In the late 1970s, he joined the Second City troupe in Toronto. While in Toronto, Harold Ramis met the very funny group of Canadian comedians that he would soon collaborate with to create the television show Second City Television. Working with Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Andrea Martin, and fellow American Joe Flaherty added to his comedy repertoire in ways we can only imagine. Those that recall SCTV recall Ramis playing the Dialing for Dollars host Moe Green as well as other characters.

While in Toronto, Ramis met Canadian director Ivan Reitman. This lead to writing the scripts for movies such as Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack and movies that he both wrote and acted in such as Ghostbusters and Stripes. All of these movies featured Bill Murray, one of the top comedy actors of the time and also one of Ramis’ best friends.

Since those heady days of comedy in the early 1980s, Ramis has focused his talents more towards the directing side. He has directed many successful movies such as Groundhog Day (1993) (again a movie with Bill Murray), Stuart Saves His Family (1995), Multiplicity (1996), Analyze This (1999) and Analyze That (2002).

Finally, although Ramis has been directing he still shows up as an actor in movies. We saw him as Diane Keaton's live-in boyfriend in Baby Boom (1987) and as Mark Harmon's former childhood buddy in Stealing Home (1988). Of course, one of Ramis’ trademarks is to appear in almost every movie that he directs, so we have seen him in places that we did not expect.

Harold Ramis currently lives in Chicago (2004), and has three children, his daughter Violet (born in 1977) with first wife Anne and his sons Julian (born in 1990) and Daniel (born in 1994) with present wife Erica.

Harold Ramis' Scores

Average career score: 57
Highest Metascore: 85 Knocked Up
Lowest Metascore: 20 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
15 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Apr 27, 2012 Executive Producer tbd
34 Year One Jun 19, 2009 Director / Co-Producer / Screenplay / Story 4.7
60 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Sep 5, 2007 Executive Producer 6.8
85 Knocked Up Jun 1, 2007 Ben's Dad 6.7
57 The Last Kiss Sep 15, 2006 Professor Bowler 5.0
62 The Ice Harvest Nov 23, 2005 Director 5.3
37 Analyze That Dec 6, 2002 Director / Written By 4.4
20 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Jun 28, 2002 Executive Producer 7.9
49 Bedazzled Oct 20, 2000 Director / Producer / Screenplay 7.0
61 Analyze This Mar 5, 1999 Director / Screenplay 7.0
72 Groundhog Day Feb 12, 1993 Director / Producer / Screenplay 8.7
56 Ghostbusters II Jun 16, 1989 Characters / Written By / Dr. Egon Spengler 7.1
53 Baby Boom Oct 7, 1987 Steven Buchner 5.0
67 Ghostbusters Jun 8, 1984 Written By / Dr. Egon Spengler 9.0
63 National Lampoon's Vacation Jul 29, 1983 Director 7.5
82 Animal House Jul 28, 1978 Written By 8.1