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25 February 2014 - Harold Ramis dies at 69

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/02/2014


Harold Ramis dies at 69; writer, director of successful film comedies

Steve Chawkins and Mark Caro (The Los Angeles Times)
When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words:
"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no! It ain't over now, because when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Who's with me? Let's go! Come on!"
For a few comic beats, the downcast frat boys react with utter silence — exquisite moments that made one of Ramis' funniest scenes even funnier.
Ramis, a grocer's son who decided he wasn't brave enough to be a professional comic but would be fine "lobbing in great lines here and there," died Monday at his Chicago-area home of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, said.
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Video tribute from USA today

As an actor, writer and director, his body of work included some of the all-time great comedies
Brian Truitt (USA Today)
His signature acting roles straddled the brainy and the hilarious, but even behind the camera Harold Ramis built a career in Hollywood on making people laugh and think at the same time.
The body of work left by the Chicago-born filmmaker, who died early Monday at 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, is full of some of the greatest cult and mainstream comedies ever.
"Harold was a force of good in the universe — so funny, sweet and thoughtful," said Jack Black, who starred in Ramis' final feature as a director, 2009's biblical send-up, Year One. "He will be deeply missed."
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His career

Harold Ramis' film legacy
Mark Caro (The Chicago Tribune)
As a writer and/or director (and sometime actor), Harold Ramis is responsible for some of the most popular, enduring comedy hits of the past four decades, including four movies that rank among the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Laughs" best-comedies list of 2000 and the top two films on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" list of 2006. Here's a selective filmography:
"National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978; director John Landis). Ramis' first screenplay, with National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller, became a breakout frat-house comedy that launched Ramis' former Second City co-star John Belushi to movie stardom and established Ramis' underdog-vs.-institution theme. Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2001, ranked No. 1 among Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" and No. 36 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years…100 Laughs" list. Box office (domestic): $142 million.
"Meatballs" (1979; dir. Ivan Reitman). Ramis was one of four writers on this summer-camp comedy that marked the lead-actor debut of another former Second City star and soon-to-be-frequent Ramis collaborator, Bill Murray. B.O.: $43 million.
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UK tribute

Billy Murray and Dan Ackroyd pay tribute to their fellow Ghostbusters star
Sam Adams, Christopher Bucktin (The Mirror)
Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd have paid tribute to fellow cast member Harold Ramis who has died aged 69.
The actor turned director died while surrounded by his family at his home in Chicago after battling a long illness.
He found global fame playing bespectacled doctor Egon Spengler in the 1984 box office hit Ghostbusters.
"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis," tweeted Aykroyd.
Ramis played Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters which also starred Murray.
"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," Murray said in a statement.
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"25 February 2014 - Harold Ramis dies at 69", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2014. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/25-february-2014-harold-ramis-dies-at-69