As the news spread of the death of a comic movie legend in Harold Ramis, his co-stars and those he influenced have taken to social media and released statements reacting to his passing. The man who wrote, directed and starred in such comedy classics as Ghostbusters, Stripes, Vacation, Groundhog Day, Back to School and so much more had clearly touched millions of people -- judging by the outpouring that has spanned the world today.
Bill Murray, who starred with Ramis in Stripes, Ghostbusters and uttered those fantastic Groundhog Day quotes written by Ramis:
“Harold Ramis and I together did The National Lampoon Show off-Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”
Chevy Chase, who starred in the Ramis-penned Caddyshack and Vacation:
“I’m shocked and heartbroken to hear of Harold’s passing. He was truly a great friend and a great man who shunned unnecessary Hollywood-type publicity and lived with a wonderful wife, Erica. I’m deeply saddened for Erica, Violet, Julian and Daniel. Harold directed me in Caddyshack and the first Vacation. It was Harold who acted out and gave me the inspiration for the character of Clark Griswold. I was really copying Harold’s impression of Clark. He was a truly funny and highly intelligent man with great honesty and a great appreciation for the best kind of comedy. It’s just awful to lose Harold, there is just no one like him, he was so kind, so caring and so smart. God Bless him and God Bless his family.”
Dan Aykroyd, with whom Ramis collaborated on those unforgettable Ghostbusters quotes:
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”
Billy Cyrstal, who starred in Analyze This, which was written and directed by Ramis:
“Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all. Harold was a gentle funny man. He found the perfect tone for Robert De Niro and I in Analyze This. He was a good man and I am shocked and saddened at his passing."
Judd Apatow cast Ramis as Seth Rogen’s father in Knocked Up, and made it clear he would not have the career he has today without the legendary funnyman:
“Harold Ramis made almost every movie which made me want to become a comedy director. Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Vacation, Groundhog Day. These films are the touchstones of our lives. I interviewed him when I was 16 years old for my high school radio station and he could not have been more gracious and hilarious. I looked up to him as a director but even more so as a man,” Aptaow said.
“We hired him to play Seth’s father in Knocked Up because we all saw him as the dream dad – funny, warm and wise. Harold was one of the nicest people I have ever met and he inspired countless people to go into comedy. His brilliant work will make people happy forever.”
What Ramis has left us is his movies, and click through and see what were some of his greats... and watch Ghostbusters online for one of his absolute best!