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5 classic comedies Harold Ramis helped create

Mr. Ramis directed Caddyshack,” starring Bill Murray, and collaborated on its script.

Mr. Ramis directed Caddyshack,” starring Bill Murray, and collaborated on its script.

NEW YORK — You may not know his name or remember his face, but you have surely heard of at least some of the movies that Harold Ramis directed, helped write, or appeared in. Here are five smash comedies created in part by Mr. Ramis, who died Monday at age 69:

‘‘Animal House’’

Fond of quoting from this all-time frat house favorite? Chances are you’re quoting at least something written by Mr. Ramis, who worked on the screenplay with Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller.


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Another classic that fans can recite from memory. Give Mr. Ramis a lot of the credit. He was the director and collaborated on the script with Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray for this comic showcase for Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Chevy Chase, and Mr. Ramis’s pal Bill Murray as Carl Spackler, golf’s most dangerous groundskeeper.


He was Dr. Egon Spengler, the quiet Ghostbuster alongside Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray in one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. He also wrote the screenplay along with Aykroyd and an uncredited Rick Moranis.


Another high point for Murray watchers, with Mr. Ramis co-starring as a fellow military recruit and assisting on the script.

‘‘Groundhog Day’’

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This unforgettable comedy about a weatherman who lives through the same day over and over was a breakthrough for Murray as an actor and stands 20 years later as a pop culture fixture. And Mr. Ramis, once again, helped make it happen. He directed and co-wrote the script with Danny Rubin.

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