Magazine article Variety

Remembrance

Magazine article Variety

Remembrance

Article excerpt

Harold Ramis made almost every movie that made me want to become a comedy director:'Animal House,'Stripes,' 'Chostbusters,"Vacation,"Groundhog Day.'

These films are the touchstones of our lives. I interviewed him when I was 16 years old for my high school radio station and he could not have been more gracious and hilarious. I looked up to him as a director but even more so as a man.

We hired him to play Seth's father in 'Knocked Up' because we all saw him as the dream dad - funny, warm and wise.

Harold was one of the nicest people I have ever met and he inspired countless people to go into comedy.

His brilliant work will make people happy forever.'

JUDD APATOW

"Harold finally forgave me for not casting him in the role of Boone in 'Animal House' (a role he had written for himself), and having Harold no longer angry with me was a huge weight off of my shoulders. He went on to an extraordinary career as an actor, screenwriter and director, and left a lasting impact on American comedy. Harold was a mensch and will be missed."

JOHN LANDIS

"Harold directed me in 'Caddyshack' and the first '(National Lampoon's) Vacation.' It was Harold who acted out and gave me the inspiration for the character of Clark Griswold. …

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