CHICAGO - Actor Harold Ramis' died Monday at the age of 69. He once said, "You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago." In 2007, contributor Mark Rhoads added Ramis to his Illinois Review series about famous Illinoisans:
Harold Ramis is a very successful TV and movie actor, director, writer, and producer who is best known for his innovative comedies. He was born in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1944 and currently makes his primary home on the North Side even though he also stays part time in California when he is making films.
When he was growing up, his parents Nate and Ruth Ramis owned a store on the West Side called Ace Food and Liquor Mart. At age seven, Harold started working in the store on weekends. Harold attended Senn High School at 5900 N. Glenwood where he wrote in his yearbook that he wanted to be a neurosurgeon. Harold was on the fencing team at Senn and his older brother Steve Ramis was city champion in fencing in the middle 1960s.
The rest of Rhoads' profile on Ramis is HERE