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About Harold Ramis
Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, and writer, specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), both of which he co-wrote. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999).
Ramis was born in Chicago, Illinois to Ruth (née Cokee) and Nathan Ramis, shopkeepers who owned the store Ace Food & Liquor Mart. He was Ukrainian and Polish Jewish descent.
Ramis married artist Anne Plotkin on July 2, 1967 in San Francisco, California, with whom he would have a daughter, Violet Ramis (born 1977). Ramis and Plotkin separated in 1984 and later divorced.
In 1989, Ramis married Erica Mann, the daughter of director Daniel Mann and actress Mary Kathleen Williams. They had two sons Julian Arthur and Daniel Hayes.