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Harold Ramis
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    (November 21, 1944-February 24, 2014)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Directed 'Caddyshack (1980),' 'National Lampoon's Vacation (1983),' 'Groundhog Day (1993),' 'Stuart Saves His Family (1995),' 'Multiplicity (1996),' 'Analyze This (1999),' 'Bedazzled (2000),' 'Analyze That (2002)' and 'Ice Harvest (2005)'
    Writing credits include 'Animal House (1978)' and 'Meatballs (1981)'
    Acted in 'SCTV (1976),' 'Stripes (1981),' 'Ghostbusters (1984),' 'Ghostbusters II (1989),' 'As Good as It Gets (1997)' and 'Orange County (2002)'
    He was usually cast as nerdy and humorless characters.
    He had a nasal, monotone voice.
    He was asked to join 'Saturday Night Live' as a writer but stayed with the unsuccessful 'Second City TV.'
    Although he was American, he was often mistaken as a Canadian because of his work with 'SCTV.'
    Howard Stern joked that after Ramis directs one good movie, he follows it up with several bad ones.
    He avoided military service in Vietnam by claiming to suffer from every illness and condition.
    To deal with middle-age, he said that he tried several forms of therapy, lost forty pounds on a liquid-protein diet, and became a Buddhist.
    He graduated from Washington University, where he also held an honorary doctorate and was a member of the Board of Trustees.
    He directed and co-wrote many successful comedies.
    He tried to work with Bill Murray despite having had a major falling out with him.
    He worked as a writer and editor for 'Playboy' magazine.
    He actively promoted Chicago as a filming location.
    He liked being recognized by fans on the street.
    He said: 'I have no trouble selling out-I'm a benevolent hack, in a certain way-but I want to pander for something I believe in.'

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