Harold Ramis

Photo-illustration by Slate. Photo by Matt Carmichael/Getty Images

I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of great director Harold Ramis this week.  I felt especially honored that Slate asked me to do an article remembering him, and that International Business Week ran a piece encapsulating comments I made on the Reddit AMA I did Monday (scheduled last week before the unexpected passing of Harold).

Article at Slate: here

International Business Times: here

If you are wanting more on Groundhog Day, here’s a direct link to The Tobolowsky Files podcast episode 29, The Classic.


  1. Joe Mulherin on February 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hey, Steve. Fine piece in Slate today. Havent seen you in years, but hope all is well & happy & your chops are holding up! – Joe Mulherin

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on February 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Joe! I just ran across a photo of our Christmas pagent. You are emerging from the trailer as Gabriel with your horn. All is well here. Are you playing, producing what….

      • Joe Mulherin on February 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

        I’d love top see that photo! I’ve been back in Memphis since 95, writing/producing video projects & some live shows, still doing the occasional music supervision gig. Haven’t been playing for several years. My twins are 19, at Loyola New Orleans, passionate singers-songwriters-producers. How are Ann & your kids doing?

  2. questionmarxist on February 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    To your other readers: If you haven’t listened to Stephen’s podcasts yet, or missed this one, its one of his best. To Stephen: I met you at the Sunday benefit.

  3. Jon Cole on February 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderful piece in Slate. Groundhog Day is one of my favorite films (including your performance) and I think it’s an underrated /underappreciated gem on many levels. I’m a little surprised at how deeply bummed out I am at the loss of Harold Ramis. Thanks for your remembrance and observation.

  4. John Curtas on February 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Just catching your blog….loved the piece in Slate on Harold Ramis. While I’ve never been a big fan of “Groundhog Day,” your role (like everything you do) was perfect. I look forward to following you.

    John Curtas

  5. Wayne Parker on February 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Exceptional piece in Slate. Thank you for allowing me know someone who I have admired for many years better.

  6. Tom Strodtbeck on February 26, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I know I am simply reiterating what has already been said here, but thank you for writing such a kind and thoughtful remembrance of Harold Ramis for Slate.

    Judd Apatow said of Ramis “He literally made every single one of our favorite movies” a sentiment I completely agree with. Your insights into Ramis while making one of those films was about as fitting a tribute as one could imagine. Thanks.

    • Stephen Tobolowsky on February 26, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Dear Tom
      It’s true. Caddyshack is still a must see when it comes on as is Vacation. Harold’s comedy is in the two shot is even in Bill and the gopher and Bill looking at the old ladies in golf skirts…it is all about relationship.

  7. jbhaber (@jbhaber) on February 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Know it or not, I think you’ve written a wonderfully motivational piece. Here I sit at work, preparing for a meeting with some coworkers who I feel have a lot to learn about the value that teamwork can contribute to our project. I’m going to draw inspiration from your remembrances. It’s my lucky day … smiling wide!