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Actor and director Harold Ramis has created or starred in many successful comedies, including Caddyshack and Ghostbusters.
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Earning a degree in English literature, Ramis graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1967. After a string of jobs, including working as a substitute teacher, he landed a position at Playboy magazine as a jokes editor. Ramis eventually became an associate editor there before leaving to join the famous improvisational comedy troupe Second City in 1969.
While with Second City, Ramis became known for his sharp intellect and quick ad-libs. Other distinguished performers with the group around this time included John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Brian Doyle Murray. By the mid-1970s, he had joined Second City's television show, SCTV, as a writer and performer. Ramis worked with a number of other comic talents on the show, including John Candy and Eugene Levy.
One of his biggest breaks as a writer came in the late 1970s. Working with Chris Miller and Doug Kenney, Ramis co-wrote the screenplay for the hit college comedy N ational Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which starred John Belushi and was directed by John Landis. He then co-wrote one of the most popular comedies of the summer 1979—Meatballs. Bill Murray starred in this humorous look at a dysfunctional summer camp.
Ramis made his directorial debut with Caddyshack (1980). Starring veteran stand-up performer Rodney Dangerfield, this comedy pokes fun at a posh country club and its snooty members. Ramis also wrote the script for the film along with Doug Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray. Stepping in front of the camera, Ramis co-starred with Bill Murray in the military send-up Stripes (1981). He played Murray's best friend who joins the army with him.
Murray and Ramis went on to battle the supernatural with Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters (1984). In perhaps one of his best-known roles, Ramis played the super intellectual Dr. Egon Spengler in the film. Murray and Aykroyd played the two other scientists with whom he forms a company to remove unwanted ghosts from people's homes.
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