Born in Chicago, Mr. Ramis received a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis (and returned there in 1993 to receive an honorary Doctorate in Arts). He got his start in comedy in 1969, at Chicago's famed Second City improvisational theater troupe, while still employed as associate editor at Playboy.
In 1974, he moved to New York to be a writer/performer on The National Lampoon Show, starring onstage with fellow Second City graduates John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. He then joined the legendary comedy series SCTV, becoming head writer and starring in the shows, playing (among many other characters) hapless station manager Moe Green.
Mr. Ramis' Hollywood breakthrough came when he co-wrote (with Doug Kenney and Chris Miller) the blockbuster 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House, directed by John Landis and produced by Ivan Reitman. He would reteam with the latter on a string of boxoffice smashes, as screenwriter of Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II. All of those films were directed by Ivan Reitman and starred Bill Murray, with Mr. Ramis also starring in the latter three.
Mr. Ramis made his directorial debut on another comedy classic, Caddyshack, which he also co-wrote (with Doug Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray). The film starred Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield.
Mr. Ramis next directed and co-wrote Club Paradise, starring Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole; and co-wrote and executive-produced Back to School, starring Rodney Dangerfield and directed by Alan Metter.
Aside from films that he has written and/or directed, Mr. Ramis has acted in such movies as Charles Shyer's Baby Boom, Steven Kampmann and Will Aldis' Stealing Home, Glenn Gordon Caron's Love Affair, James L. Brooks' Academy Award-winning As Good As It Gets, and Jake Kasdan's Orange County.
Mr. Ramis directed, produced and co-wrote the acclaimed comedy hit Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. He next directed Stuart Saves His Family, starring and written by Al Franken; directed and produced Multiplicity, starring Michael
He directed and co-wrote the blockbuster Analyze This, starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, and subsequently reteamed with the two actors in the same capacities on that film's sequel Analyze That.
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|Birthday||November 21, 1944 (76)|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
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