We lost one of the great ones today. For those of us that grew up in the 80’s, Ramis brought us movies that will forever be embedded into our minds. Ghostbusters, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, are just to name a few. Most noted for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler, Ramis brought us a level of smart-wit comedy that few have mastered as he did. His resume reads like a who’s who of comedians. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid, Rick Moranis, and so many others were catapulted into the spotlight because of their connection with Ramis.
Here are a few choice quotes from Ramis (provided by IMDB)
“I’m at my best when I’m working with really talented people, and I’m there to gently suggest or guide or inspire or contribute whatever I can to their effort. It’s not like I’m gonna tell Robert DeNiro how to act – but I could provide him with useful anecdotal material from my own life or other people I’ve known, or actual psychological information, or insights into his character. The technique’s up to him. But there are ways to gently urge an actor to pick up the pace or slow it down or focus more, to go bigger or smaller. Some actors are very open right at the beginning – they say, “You only need four words with me: `Bigger, smaller, faster, slower.'”
“[During the 20 year Ghostbusters reunion commentary on the Ghostbusters DVD] “Acting is all about big hair and funny props… All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it.”
“Well, for me, it’s the relationship between comedy and life – that’s the edge I live on, and maybe it’s my protection against looking at the tragedy of it all. It’s seeing life in balance. Comedy and tragedy co-exist. You can’t have one without the other. I’m of the school that anything can be funny, if seen from a comedic point of view.”
You can’t mention this man and not share a little of his work!
Tonight when you get home from work, load up one of these great movies, grab a Twinkie and remember Harold Ramis with tons of laughs! Rest in peace, you will be forever missed!
Harold Ramis 1944 – 2014