Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Ivan Reitman pay respects to Harold Ramis

Ghostbusters and director Ivan ReitmanThe other members of the Ghostbusters, and the director of the first two films (and potentially the third) pay their respects to actor Harold Ramis. For those that don’t know, Harold Ramis played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.  He returned to the character, lending his voice to Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and was due to cameo in a scene as Egon in Ghostbusters 3.  Ramis passed away on February 24, and I wanted to share what the others had to say about Ramis.

Ivan Reitman, director: “The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis. He possessed the most agile mind I’ve ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way … Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother.”

Dan Aykroyd (Raymond Stantz): “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”

Bill Murray (Peter Venkman): “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, MeatballsStripesCaddyshackGhostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore): “Harold was the glue. There wouldn’t a ‘Ghostbusters’ without Harold Ramis. Harold Pulled it together. And I know I probably wouldn’t be in the business had I not had the chance to work with Harold at that time in my career. He taught me a lot, not overtly by trying to teach me, just watching him work and how he dealt with things. He will be missed.”

A Tribute to a Ghostbuster: R.I.P. Harold Ramis

R.I.P. Harold RamisIt’s hard for me to put into words what it’s like to lose a member of the family. I think it’s hard for all of us. Last year, I lost three grandparents: my grandma, and my wife’s grandpa, and her grandma from the other side of her family.

Today we lost another person that I find myself having a difficult time coming to terms with.  Harold Ramis.  He played Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.  And for most of my childhood, he was part of my family.  While others had heroes in Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, my heroes weren’t really superheroes, but they could do heroic things.  They were brave when no one else would be.  They sought to understand what no one else would dare to even try to understand.  They were the Ghostbusters.

In a pair of movies, and a couple of animated series, the Ghostbusters were a big part of my life, and still are. I’m always as ready as I ever have been for Ghostbusters 3, and hopeful that it still sees the light of day. I anticipate that the script they have will need some re-writes, potentially major ones, too.  I can see it being a fitting tribute to the one that made it all possible, in memory of Harold Ramis.

I never got to meet him, but it still feels like I’ve lost a member of the family.  But he will live on.  He’ll live on in the Ghostbusters films, as they are passed down from generation to generation.  He’ll live on in the Ghostbusters stories that are still being written, in comic book form and potentially beyond.  This, to me, is part of his legacy.  A gift to many of us that have loved his work, who he has never met before.  It makes life just that much more fun, and I will miss him in whatever future adventures are created. He’s left this world for the next, and I hope to one day meet him there. But until that day comes, here’s to one of the Ghostbusters.

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Egon and Janine in Ghostbusters

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