Ramis’ work far more than just ‘Ghostbusters’

Ramis directed “Groundhog Day.”

Harold Ramis is quickly recognized as the quirky Dr. Egon Spengler in “Ghostbusters.” He is also spotted as the neurologist in “Groundhog Day.” But his appearances in these works are not the reason the Chicago native is being honored with the first-ever film tribute at Ebertfest.

In addition to his on-screen duties, Ramis also helped write the screenplay for both of these films, and he directed “Groundhog Day.” Ramis also directed “Caddyshack” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Ramis also helped pen the screenplays for “Caddyshack,” “Meatballs” and “Animal House.”

Ramis’ contribution to comedy films is beyond compare, and it is fitting that he is remembered for these films, along with comedy greats Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and John Belushi.

Ramis got his start in comedy writing and reviewing jokes for Playboy magazine before joining the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago.

Most recently, Ramis directed four episodes of “The Office” and the movie “Year One,” which starred Jack Black and Michael Cera.

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