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Harold Ramis Dies At 69

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the print-is-dead dept.

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samzenpus writes "Writer and comedian Harold Ramis has passed away at 69. Ramis had a hand in many classic comedies but is especially loved for playing the ghost-hunting Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. 'His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him,' said his family in a statement."

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See you on the other side, Egon (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46326593)

:(

Egon the scientist left an impression on me as an 11 year old kid.

While his character was supposed to be a little dorky I suppose, he was just pure awesome to me. He was the only Ghostbuster to be totally on top of things, and knew what he was doing. He inspired me to be the techie I am today.

RIP Harold Ramis.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (2)

o_ferguson (836655) | about 7 months ago | (#46326705)

I concur. An inspirational nerd.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (5, Interesting)

grcumb (781340) | about 7 months ago | (#46329099)

I concur. An inspirational nerd.

I sympathise, but as an old Canadian geezer, I always felt that by the time the US audience finally heard about them, the SCTV alumni had already done their best work. That troupe - and their cheezy, low-budget show [wikipedia.org] - formed my sense of humour more than anything else. Dave Thomas, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara... all of them went on to make memorable comedy in the US. I think Joe Flaherty was the only one who didn't make a big splash. (Which is America's loss, not his.)

But there was a time when all of them were callow, reckless youths with nothing to lose by making asses of themselves week after week on a second-rate Toronto-based network that was so small (it had only 13 stations at the start) it too had nothing to lose.

Back in junior high school, my week was centred around that blessed moment when the Indian-head test pattern would appear and the announcer would say, 'Don't touch that dial. Don't touch that one either. And stop touching yourself.' I still remember the intonation....

(... I never did stop touching myself, but that's another story.)

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (1)

o_ferguson (836655) | about 7 months ago | (#46329199)

As a younger Canadian, I first saw Ramis as Egon. Never could get into SCTV in repeats. Maybe because so much of their stuff had been stolen by other acts at that point that it didn't feel fresh. I had a similar weekly Canadian Comedy inspiration, but it was The Kids in the Hall.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (2)

Oscaro (153645) | about 7 months ago | (#46327015)

Same here. When I was a kid, I wanted to be like Egon.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#46327803)

I also very much loved him as Russell Ziskey in Stripes.

"I've always been kind of a pacifist. When I was a kid, my father told me, "Never hit anyone in anger, unless you're absolutely sure you can get away with it."

I don't know what kind of soldier I'm gonna make, but I want you guys to know that if we ever get into real heavy combat... I'll be right behind you guys. Every step of the way."

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (1)

Piata (927858) | about 7 months ago | (#46327025)

Egon was secretly everyone's favourite.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (4, Insightful)

jdavidb (449077) | about 7 months ago | (#46327707)

I'd have to agree with that. In particular, I always remember him for the line "Print is dead." It certainly wasn't in 1984, and saying so made a person sound like a lunatic. But look at print today!

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (4, Funny)

dohnut (189348) | about 7 months ago | (#46329263)

"Print is dead."
- Egon, 1984

"Egon is dead."
- Print, 2014

Egon's sexuality (3, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 7 months ago | (#46327751)

While his character was supposed to be a little dorky I suppose, he was just pure awesome to me.

One of the things I enjoyed about his character in the movies as I got to be older was his relationship to Jeanine was a bit complicated. She clearly puts the moves on him...but unlike nearly every male movie character I can think of (who isn't implied to be gay) - he's ambivalent, tolerates, or rebuffs her. The stereotypical reaction from male movie characters is "Yeah, let's get it on!", especially in action movies.

However, there's a scene - I can't remember which - where he says something, she responds with "OH EGON, I just blah blah blah" and he responds with a look that's half "Yeah, baby. You know you like it" and half "siiiigh, ok, I'll console you, fine..."

Now...if only Winston's character hadn't been so racist. That's the part I hate the most about Ghostbusters; Winston Zedmore is pretty much just there to bounce jokes off of or be the 'dumb black clown' character. I feel like the cartoon actually gave him character development and whatnot more on par with the others (although did they ever show any of his family, for example?) The series definitely played up the "the most normal and people-skills-equipped of the group" elements.

Re:Egon's sexuality (4, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#46327853)

"That's a big twinkie..."

C'mon, Winston got one of the funniest lines in the movie...

There's no reason to pull out the racist card any time a black man isn't portrayed as the ultimate hero and intellect in a movie. All the characters in this COMEDY were slightly strange and comedic characters...

As was said in another movie Ramis did.."Lighten up Francis".

look at his lines (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 7 months ago | (#46328025)

There's no reason to pull out the racist card any time a black man isn't portrayed as the ultimate hero and intellect in a movie. All the characters in this COMEDY were slightly strange and comedic characters...

Yes, except virtually the only lines his character gets are to crack jokes.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmw... [tvtropes.org]

Re:look at his lines (2)

Rakarra (112805) | about 7 months ago | (#46328223)

I dunno, he had a number of moments of lucidity, like when he and Ray were talking in the car about the increase in spiritual activity, and he's the one who points out that maybe what they've been seeing is what was written of the last days in the Book of Revelations. It's a pretty sobering moment, one of the few moments that the movie doesn't try to play for laughs.

He was supposed to be the straight man amongst the zaniness; he was more of an urban everyman rather than the university staff steeped in academia that made up the other three's background.

I'm not sure I buy the Uncle Tom Foolery angle, especially since he gets about the same serious/comedy mixture that Murray's Venkman got.

Re:look at his lines (2)

o_ferguson (836655) | about 7 months ago | (#46329273)

Smartest guy in the movie: Winston Zeddemore: No offense, guys, but I've gotta get my own lawyer.

Re:look at his lines (3, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328243)

That's largely because he and Bill Murray were the only strictly sane people in the entire movie. He was just an average joe looking for a job, and Murray was a con artist. Everyone else was, to be blunt, to one degree or another out of their minds.

This is the first time I've ever be introduced to the notion that Winston was merely the obligatory black character.

Re:look at his lines (2)

jxander (2605655) | about 7 months ago | (#46328739)

Except when he was the only sane person in the room, and had to convince the mayor to let the guys go be heroes

Or when he and Ray had a candid conversation about Revelations and the end times.

He certainly wasn't as ... odd ... as the rest of the crew, but I hardly consider that a BAD thing, or in any way racist.

Re:Egon's sexuality (3, Insightful)

cptnapalm (120276) | about 7 months ago | (#46328473)

If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.

Ray, when someone asks if you are a god, you say YES!

I fucking loved Winston when I was a kid.

Re:Egon's sexuality (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328515)

Winston was pretty essential to the film, because he was the everyman. Without Winston, you had two crazy ass scientists (Egon and Ray) and a conman (Venkman). As with any movie filled with nutsos and and miscreants as protagonists, you need a straight man who can sort of stand a bit outside the action and act as a sort of proxy for the audience. The character of Winston reminds me a lot of Murray Slaughter off of the Mary Tyler Moore show; both weren't necessarily part of any given action, but rather served to underline the absurdity of what was going on.

Re:Egon's sexuality (3, Interesting)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 7 months ago | (#46329039)

Ernie Hudson played a character in Ghostbusters, one of many films he acted in. Read his Wiki entry linked below to know the man from the character).From Wiki....

In the original script for Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore was intended to be the smartest and most capable of the Ghostbusters, a former Marine with multiple degrees and a Ph.D., making him more suited for the job than the founding three Ghostbusters. However, in the final screenplay none of these qualifications were mentioned. The changes are discussed in detail in the commentary on the DVD of Ghostbusters, the explanation being Winston allowed the technobabble to be put into layman's terms.

However, the novelization of Ghostbusters mentions Zeddemore's service with the Marines prior to joining the Ghostbusters. Further, in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, while the Ghostbusters are on a mission in the New York History Museum, Zeddemore reminisces about the time he spent studying for his doctorate in the museum's Egyptology wing. (In context, it's unclear if Zeddemore studied for the doctorate prior to joining the Ghostbusters, or sometime between the events of the movies and the game's setting in 1991.)

Zeddemore is a religious man to some extent, saying in a discussion in Ghostbusters that he believes in God and "loves Jesus' style". While driving the Ecto-1 with Ray he voices his thoughts that the sudden spike in ghosts appearances might be a sign of the apocalypse, pointing out that while they have come to treat capturing ghosts as routine pest control, in a very real sense the dead are literally "rising from the grave".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... [wikipedia.org]

Ernie Hudson Wiki... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E... [wikipedia.org]

Ernie Hudson interview on YouTube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

Re:Egon's sexuality (3, Insightful)

epyT-R (613989) | about 7 months ago | (#46327969)

Ugh.. One of the great things about ghostbusters was that it came out at a time when accepted humor wasn't limited by this kind of PC garbage. The social(ist) reconstructionists didn't get to video entertainment en-masse in this country until the end of the 80s. If that's not what you want, go watch one of those effeminate vampire movies.

You know, it's ok to tell a story without bolting PC narratives onto the side, or worse, squeezing all of them within those limitations ("I've seen shit that'll turn you white!"). Frankly, movies and tv are inundated with it now, to the point of absurdity. It's almost like the script writers and directors are screaming "I CARE MORE ABOUT NONWHITES, WOMEN, AND GAYS THAN YOU!" at each other and their audience with their stories. By the early 90s, it was already cliche (the "empowered 90s woman"), and by the end of the decade, it was boring and predictable. Today, it's cranked up to 11 and downright condescending. Enough already.

claims of "political correctness" (-1, Flamebait)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 7 months ago | (#46328161)

"One of the great things about ghostbusters was that it came out at a time when accepted humor wasn't limited by this kind of PC garbage."

http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/... [wikia.com]

Start reading. Accusing people of being "politically correct" is a standard white, male, racist, asshole tactic for dismissing.

The problem isn't necessarily that Winston Zedmore's character sucked and was just a wall to bounce jokes off of. The problem is that is how this was the standard way virtually any black character was constructed by Hollywood. Winston's character got the least character development, his main screentime was him being all "WHOA", and most of his speaking lines were side jokes and comic relief.

Re:claims of "political correctness" (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328287)

That's because he was the outsider, not because he was black. The Ghostbusters needed another guy with a proton pack, Winston signed up because it was a job. He wasn't a conman like Venkman, and not a semi-insane scientist like Egon or Ray.

You might as well complain about how Weaver's character spent most of the time in both movies being the vulnerable incapable female.

Re:claims of "political correctness" (2)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 7 months ago | (#46328391)

The problem is that is how this was the standard way virtually any black character was constructed by Hollywood

At least he wasn't wearing a red shirt as part of the away team. While not claiming it was intended, the movie The Edge seemed to go down that path. Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and a black guy (Harold Perrineau) are stranded by a plane crash in the northern wilderness. Then there was a bear. Then there was no black guy.

Re:claims of "political correctness" (2, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 7 months ago | (#46328789)

Political correctness is real, and it is routinely used by feminists and other radical left-wingers to dismiss any speech that disagrees with them. How is it "accusing" leftists of being politically correct, when in fact they are?

Funny how you prove his point by all but demanding a story be told by bolting PC narratives on the side and derailing the entire flow by screaming "I CARE MORE ABOUT NONWHITES, WOMEN, AND GAYS THAN YOU!" at each other and their audience.

Re:Egon's sexuality (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328381)

The feminists are not here to dig you out of your parents basemen and make you love everyone

You are not oppressed because you are an overweight antisocial white male that thinks he's entitled to benefits of 1950's social order.

Take off the trench coat. Put down the fedora.

Everything you hear on talk radio is wrong.

And PC too (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328979)

Personally, I thought Winston was the most real character in the whole zoo; a necessary character to ground all the others. And I loved his "I've seen shit that'll turn you white!" line--and I'm black.

Re:Egon's sexuality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46329031)

It generates positive publicity. Positive publicity generates money. The consumer was always the king, and they liked it. And they still are, and they want the girls to kiss. The stories are completely predictable, though, and watching the punchlines closing from 10 seconds away can be painful.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327759)

"This reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head, remember that?"

"That would've worked if you hadn't stopped me."

Awesome, but scary.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328127)

This sucks. I hope Bill Murray is feeling like shit for not wanting to film Ghostbusters III.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328309)

Bill Murray is a big famous actor now, since he got his (admittedly deserved) Oscar nomination for Lost in Translation.

It's a damned pity, but I don't see how a third movie could go ahead without Egon.

Re:See you on the other side, Egon (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 7 months ago | (#46328271)

:(

Egon the scientist left an impression on me as an 11 year old kid.

While his character was supposed to be a little dorky I suppose, he was just pure awesome to me. He was the only Ghostbuster to be totally on top of things, and knew what he was doing. He inspired me to be the techie I am today.

RIP Harold Ramis.

He left an impression on me, too. Nerds could be cool.

Thanks for the memories, Harold/Egon.

Egon Gone (3, Funny)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about 7 months ago | (#46326599)

He crossed the beams!

Re:Egon Gone (5, Informative)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 7 months ago | (#46326745)

STREAMS! He crossed the STREAMS!

Re:Egon Gone (4, Funny)

Steeltalon (734391) | about 7 months ago | (#46326751)

Dude! It's "crossed the *STREAMS*!
I blame today's educational system for failing us.

SMH

Re:Egon Gone (1, Funny)

RivenAleem (1590553) | about 7 months ago | (#46328065)

Thanks Obama!

Re:Egon Gone (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 7 months ago | (#46328415)

Dude, that's like saying the internet is a bunch of tubes.

Re:Egon Gone (1)

jxander (2605655) | about 7 months ago | (#46328771)

wait ... are you saying that it ISN'T?

my whole life is a lie

Ziskey rates death (2)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about 7 months ago | (#46326607)

It's a pussy.

My favorite was "Stripes" (1)

FoolishBluntman (880780) | about 7 months ago | (#46326617)

He will be missed.

Re:My favorite was "Stripes" (2)

aztracker1 (702135) | about 7 months ago | (#46326941)

I was going to comment the same... as much as I liked Ghost Busters... Stripes is classic.

Re:My favorite was "Stripes" (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about 7 months ago | (#46327669)

My favorite too.

Thank you (5, Insightful)

MetricT (128876) | about 7 months ago | (#46326619)

For making us laugh, making us think, and making the world a little happier. You did good.

Re:Thank you (1)

grcumb (781340) | about 7 months ago | (#46328903)

Helping us understand, even from beyond the grave: Moe Green: So you're dead; now what? [youtube.com]

The guy had so much class, he could even use a semicolon and still be funny.

RIP Harold Ramis (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | about 7 months ago | (#46326625)

From SCTV to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day and so many guilty pleasures from the 80s

You will be missed

Re:RIP Harold Ramis (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#46327881)

Don't forget where it all really started with him in a big way....

Animal House....

Re:RIP Harold Ramis (2)

hguorbray (967940) | about 7 months ago | (#46328005)

SCTV is the closest this country (well, canada, to be fair) ever came to classic english-style absurdist humor a la Goon show, Python, Not the 9 o'clock news, etc

It was consistently funny in the first incarnation and was still decent the 2nd time around, although the 'guest band' part of the format trapped them more into the TV Variety show format -but it was about a fictional TV network, so....

Kids in the Hall, Strangers with Candy and many other American sketch comedy shows definitely owe something to SCTV

-I'm just sayin'

Re:RIP Harold Ramis (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328399)

I've even heard that Matt Groening modeled Springfield on Mellonville. He wanted to create a similar town with recurring characters that he could use as a sort of ironic and satirical skewer of various aspects of American society.

Not all the later SCTV episodes were all that bad. Some were incredibly ambitious, now that they had a larger budget. The problem in later years was that Bob and Doug Mackenzie and Ed Grimley began to tower over the rest of the characters, and gave Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis and Martin Short a good deal more exposure which they used every opportunity to milk. They wanted to join John Candy in Hollywood and make a good deal of money, and I can't say I blame them for that, but still SCTV was always greater than the sum of its parts.

All in all, it was and remains one of the great comedy sketch shows in TV history, and used the whole concept of being a community TV station brilliantly. My favorite all time episode is when the Soviets seize SCTV's satellite, and you get incredible shows like "What Fits Into Mother Russia" (which may stand as Dave Thomas's finest moment; "Lone Star State looks like a tiny star set against the vast colossal sky of Mother Russia!!!!!") and Nikita Kruschev being reincarnated as a tractor, not to mention cautionary commercials on being wary of Uzbeks..

Who you gonna call ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46326641)

911

Re:Who you gonna call ? (1)

Zephyn (415698) | about 7 months ago | (#46328009)

HE-MAN!!!!

Sincerely,

The Ungrateful Yuppie Larva of the world.

Man, that sucks (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 7 months ago | (#46326671)

I grew up on his 80's flicks.

Way too young in this day and age.

RIP in Peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46326673)

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Not Harold Ramis. Time to collect spores, molds, and fungi in peace.

Re:RIP in Peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327891)

Rest in Peace in Peace?

Re:RIP in Peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328093)

At least it isn't as bad as Automated ATM Machine, on which I enter my Personal PIN Number.

Re:RIP in Peace (1)

RackinFrackin (152232) | about 7 months ago | (#46329401)

Am I the only one who's been waiting for years to nail someone who "corrects" me for saying "pdf file"?

And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46326677)

Tis a sad day.

Re:And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (1)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about 7 months ago | (#46326945)

Hate to say it, but it's probably for the best. The second one was pretty bad. And Ackroyd was the only one who even wanted to make a third.

Re:And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327039)

Hate to say it, but it's probably for the best. The second one was pretty bad. And Ackroyd was the only one who even wanted to make another

turd?

Re:And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (2)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | about 7 months ago | (#46327149)

Bill Murray did say he'd be willing to do a third, as long as it didn't suck. He had a pretty high bar for not sucking though, which is why it never happened.

Re:And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327659)

Bill Murray also said he refused to do sequels after Ghostbusters 2. He must have forgotten about Garfield 2...

Re:And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (2)

lkernan (561783) | about 7 months ago | (#46328063)

He must have forgotten about Garfield 2...

To be fair, we all try to forget about Garfield 2.

Re:And so ends all hope of Ghostbusters 3 (3, Funny)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 7 months ago | (#46329189)

In "Zombieland", after Bill Murray, dressed as a zombie, is blasted by shotgun and sits dying, the girl asks him, "So, do you have any regrets?"

Bill Murray, "Umph, ..., Garfield, maybe..."

Sample (5, Funny)

Cow Jones (615566) | about 7 months ago | (#46326685)

I'd like a sample of his brain tissue.

I sense a new plotline for the next Ghostbusters! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46326729)

Egon as a ghost.

Sad (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 7 months ago | (#46326743)

I really liked him in the Ghostbusters movies

So...do you have any hobbies? (5, Funny)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 7 months ago | (#46326749)

"Now I really collect spores, molds, and fungi."

Oh come on, he would laugh!

Re:So...do you have any hobbies? (0)

JustOK (667959) | about 7 months ago | (#46327073)

No he wouldn't. He's dead.

Re:So...do you have any hobbies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327105)

His ghost would still laugh (at least until busted).

Re:So...do you have any hobbies? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327491)

"He would laugh" is a counterfactual conditional with the antecedent omitted. The assertion is that he would laugh if he were able (but he can't because he's dead). The word "would" should have been a clue.

Re:So...do you have any hobbies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328549)

No, he won't laugh. But he would. Are you really too stupid to understand subjunctive tense?

Re:So...do you have any hobbies? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46327091)

Hilarious, and yes, yes he would laugh.

One word: (1)

Guy From V (1453391) | about 7 months ago | (#46326855)

Caddyshack. RIP

R.I.P. Will not be forgotten. (2)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | about 7 months ago | (#46326873)

This news makes me really sad. Ghostbusters shaped an incalculably large portion of my childhood. :(

Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day are two of my all-time favorite comedies (My top-top probably being Grosse Pointe Blank) in fact I just watched Ghostbusters the other night on my new bigass TV, and was considering watching Groundhog Day... (And now, definitely will tonight.)

One of my favorite moments in Ghostbusters is when Egonâ" in a complete deviation from his usual demeanor, and out of all the people present â"ends up being the one who jumps Peck shouting "YOUR MOTHER!" when he accuses them of being responsible for the explosion at the firehouse. It's something that always stuck out in my mind as being particularly funny.

Re:R.I.P. Will not be forgotten. (1)

John Pfeiffer (454131) | about 7 months ago | (#46326891)

Oh OF COURSE you don't render the goddamn emdashes correctly, the ONE TIME I don't click 'preview'.

Re:R.I.P. Will not be forgotten. (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 7 months ago | (#46327251)

Use ——and you'll be golden.

Re:R.I.P. Will not be forgotten. (2)

freeze128 (544774) | about 7 months ago | (#46326947)

Venkman: "Egon? Any ideas?"

Egon pulls out a calculator and is about to type on it when Venkman slaps it out of his hands.

Re:R.I.P. Will not be forgotten. (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46327055)

Was it Blu-Ray and how did it look? The Blu Ray version I have seems to be a pretty shitty mastering. much to my disappointment.

John Candy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46326957)

Ramis.

Who's next?

The Mckenzie bros?

I WARNED HIM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327001)

xx oo

Jack

And yet (0)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46327029)

Dan Akroyd lives on. TANJ

Re:And yet (3, Insightful)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 7 months ago | (#46327729)

Dan Akroyd is the all-time winner of the Landing a Woman Way Out of your Class geek Olympics. I in good faith cannot criticize him or anything he has ever done.

Re:And yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328011)

There's more to a man's worth than what sort of woman he lands..

Re:And yet (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328437)

Yes, far more notable is his brilliant but all too brief career as part of the Belushi-Akroyd team. I even love them in their semi-flop Neighbors.

Akroyd's talent largely went to waste after Ghostbusters, or maybe he just stopped having interesting ideas any more. I think John Belushi was his muse, and when Belushi died, Akroyd lost it a bit. But still, even he is a bit of a nut, he's a funny guy.

Re:And yet (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 7 months ago | (#46328751)

High status has a hell of a lot to do with that. Wealth, too, but status is king. Why else do dirt-poor garage bands tour the nation getting laid like rockstars everywhere they go?

So the Dali Llama says to me . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327047)

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness."

So, he's got that goin' for him, which is nice.

Re:So the Dali Llama says to me . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327855)

That would make total sense if it was Bill Murray that died. But since it wasn't - bzzzzzt!

Re:So the Dali Llama says to me . . . (1)

YesIAmAScript (886271) | about 7 months ago | (#46327997)

Harold Ramis wrote and directed Caddyshack.

And that movie is from Caddyshack.

So now you look a bit stupid.

Earl Camenbert (1)

crmanriq (63162) | about 7 months ago | (#46327139)

I still remember sitting in my living room when I was a kid watching Second City TV and hearing Floyd Robertson (Joe Flaherty) and Earl Camenbert (Harold Ramis) muddle their way through the "local" news. That was my first exposure to Harold Ramis, and every time I have seen him since has brought back that memory.

I'm sad that he won't be making new ones for me.

Re:Earl Camenbert (2)

crmanriq (63162) | about 7 months ago | (#46327161)

And I'm an idiot. That was Eugene Levy.

Crap.

Now I'll go feel sad. And stupid.

Re:Earl Camenbert (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327241)

Well I had never seen those skits. Now I plan on watching them later. So some good has come from your post. Cheer up.

Re:Earl Camenbert (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328613)

The "New Delhi" news report by Earl Camembert is a classic.

Another brilliant Eugene Levy character was his take on Alex Trebeck's turn as host of the Canadian gameshow Reach For The Top.

You mean like flaming? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46327227)

No, we're not homosexual, but we are *willing to learn*.
Yeah, would they send us someplace special?
I'll just put that as a "no"

Quick! Get a trap! (1)

Chas (5144) | about 7 months ago | (#46328013)

I was MASSIVELY bummed out when I read it this morning.

Gonna miss his deadpan affect. It just made all the insane things going on around him (or happening to him) even funnier.

Caddyshack documentary (3, Interesting)

queequeg1 (180099) | about 7 months ago | (#46328317)

Not acting per se, but he was excellent in the Caddyshack documentary. Some of the insights into how that movie got made were awesome. Especially his observations about the direction a movie can take when you decide to make an animatronic gopher one the lead characters.

Beyond Ghostbusters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328447)

Farewell Mr. Ramis. Your gifts for helping to create wonderful comedy have amazed my generation and your work will be passed on to my kids as examples of what genuinely fun comedies can be.

Just to remind others, some of Mr. Ramis' other significant works (as writer or director) include:

- Caddyshack
- Groundhog Day
- National Lampoon's Animal House
- Back to School
- Analyze This

From where I sit, his top 4 (Ghostbusters, Animal House, Caddyshack and Groundhog Day) are a set that I can't think of rival to from his era.

God Speed Egon!

Re:Beyond Ghostbusters (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 months ago | (#46328561)

He would deserve the highest praise for Groundhog Day alone, a film that has only grown in popularity and appreciation since its release. The fact that he was involved in one capacity or another in a number of highly esteemed projects over the years shows just how good he really was.

Best Quote (0)

Virtucon (127420) | about 7 months ago | (#46328455)

"I collect spores, mold and fungus." - Egon "Ghostbusters"

Well no Ghostbusters 3 now unless Egon's a Ghost (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46328963)

Topic says it all.

I'm actually surprised really. 69 years old isn't a terrible age to die at but it's barely past retirement.

Another Sample (1)

Patent Lover (779809) | about 7 months ago | (#46329555)

Egon: Venkman, get a stool sample. Peter Venkman: Business, or personal?
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