Ramis was associated with many comedy classics of the ’70s and ’80s. He directed “Caddyshack” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and was a co-writer of “Animal House,” “Meatballs,” “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters.” He also co-wrote and directed 1993’s “Groundhog Day.” In more recent years, he lent his directing talents to Billy Crystal’s “Analyze This” and “Analyze That”; he also directed several episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”
After his death there was an immediate outpouring of memories and tributes on Twitter.
Here’s a sampling:
Harold Ramis directed The Office Christmas episode S3, and it was so good we just made it an hour long so we wouldn’t have to cut anything.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 24, 2014
Loved Harold Ramis! Such joy through my youth. RIP brother. Thanks for the laughter. #ShareLove
— Erik Todd Dellums (@ETDellums) February 24, 2014
What a life, Harold Ramis: http://t.co/c7GpAfXCTd
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) February 24, 2014
“Groundhog Day” is a modern classic. A film with repetitive scenes that actually gets better with repeated viewings. #HaroldRamis
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) February 24, 2014
huge loss….RIP Harold Ramis http://t.co/wpmBBInx1B
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 24, 2014
On set we were sharing stories…Harold Ramis told us he once put on his ghostbusters suit for Halloween & greeted trick or treaters. — Angela Kinsey (@AngelaKinsey) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was the cute ghostbuster. — Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) February 24, 2014
So sad to hear about Harold Ramis. One of the all time greats.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 24, 2014
So sad to lose Harold Ramis. Ghostbuster, Groundhog, and Moe Green. A funny and very nice man. Rest in peace, Harold
— Fred Willard (@Fred_Willard) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis directed and co-wrote “Caddyshack.” The undisputed single best comedy of all time. He will be missed.
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) February 24, 2014
RIP HAROLD RAMIS SCTV, 3/24/77 – “MO GREEN’S FEEDBACK CALL-IN” http://t.co/EtCgJl5i0D
— Craig Bierko (@MrCraigBierko) February 24, 2014
This is a gut punch. Harold Ramis was/is my hero. Please show your kids his movies so they memorize the lines and he lives forever.
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis is one of my true all-time comedy heroes and influences. Rest in peace.
— David Wain (@davidwain) February 24, 2014
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) February 24, 2014
I will be forever grateful for all that Harold Ramis helped bring into this world. His art and vision will be sorely missed.
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) February 24, 2014
Gutted to hear about Harold Ramis. His work was a huge part of my childhood and a comedic inspiration.
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) February 24, 2014
Very sad to hear that we lost Harold Ramis. Exceptionally talented, exceptionally kind.
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) February 24, 2014
“I collect spores, molds, and fungus” – condolences to the family and friends of the great Harold Ramis
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 24, 2014