Happy Birthday: Harold Ramis (1944–2014)

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

haroldramis.jpgHarold Ramis (1944–2014)

Born: November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: February 24, 2014 (age 69) in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Married to: Erica Mann (7 May 1989 – 24 February 2014) (his death) (2 children)
Anne Ramis (2 July 1967 – 27 March 1984) (divorced) (1 child)

Said in an interview that his working relationship with actor Bill Murray ended while filming Groundhog Day (1993) due to differing views on what the film should be about (Murray wanted it to be more philosophical, Ramis wanted it to be a comedy). Ramis also cites that Murray’s real life personal problems at the time (specifically the ending of his first marriage) was having a ripple effect on his behavior at work as another factor in the unfortunate ending of their working relationship.

I’m at my best when I’m working with really talented people, and I’m there to gently suggest or guide…

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