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Harold Ramis Biography

Birth Name:
Harold Allen Ramis
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Served as an editor of the "Party Jokes" page of Playboy magazine after graduating from college
  • Worked with both the Canada and Chicago Second City comedy troupes early in his career
  • First TV appearance came in 1976, on the debut season of Canadian sketch-comedy series Second City TV, for which he was also a writer
  • Made his feature directing debut with the hit golf comedy Caddyshack (1980)
  • Subsequent hits as a director include the comedies Groundhog Day (1993) and Analyze This (1999)
  • Best known as an actor for the role of Dr
  • Egon Spengler in the 1984 smash Ghostbusters, as well as its 1989 sequel


  • 1994BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1979Writers Guild Awards-Original Comedy: nominated


  • Violet Isadora Ramis -- Daughter
  • Anne Plotkin -- Ex-wife
  • Nathan Ramis -- Father
  • Ruth Ramis -- Mother
  • Daniel Hayes Ramis -- Son
  • Julian Arthur Ramis -- Son
  • Erica Mann -- Wife