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Harold Ramis was born November 21st, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to Nathan and Ruth Ramis.  He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his first job after graduating college was as an orderly in a mental ward. While attending Washington University, Ramis was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington, and rumor has it that some of his experiences in ZBT helped inspire "Animal House". (The other prevalent theory is that the film was inspired by Chris Miller's experiences at a frat at Dartmouth.) The University gave him an honorary Doctorate of Arts in 1993.

Ramis' first job in comedy was as a joke editor for Playboy magazine. He performed with Chicago's improv comedy troupe "Second City" and National Lampoon's Lemmings. While most of the cast of Lemmings proceeded to become "Saturday Night Live" cast members, Ramis became a cast member and head writer at "SCTV".

According to the Internet Movie Database (, Ramis has one daughter, Violet (b. 1982), from his first marriage to Erica Mann, and two sons, Julian (b. 1993) and Daniel (b. 1995) from

Ramis is a talented screenwriter and director.  His work includes "National Lampoon's Animal House", "National Lampoon's Vacation", "Ghostbusters", "Caddyshack", "Meatballs", "Stripes", "Groundhog Day", and "Analyze This".


Harold At a Glance


Here are some quick facts about our beloved genius. 

BIRTHDATE: 21 November 1944


SPOUSE: Erica Mann (1989-present)

CHILDREN: Three -- one daughter by first wife Anne, two sons by second wife Erica


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