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(Slate)   "What I, Ned Ryerson, learned from Harold Ramis": Stephen Tobolowsky remembers the late, great actor, writer, and director   (slate.com) divider line 36
    More: Sad, Harold Ramis, Ned Ryerson, Groundhog Day, comedy  
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2014-02-25 07:44:40 PM
Huh. For some reason I thought he was dead, too.
 
2014-02-25 07:52:59 PM
There's a link to an article in which Bill Murray comments on the death of Harold Ramis.  Essentially he just lists the movies they worked together and then says, "he earned his place on earth, God bless him."  FTW?
 
2014-02-25 08:16:02 PM
Tobolowsky likes to talk.  There's even bonus material of him talking some more.

upload.wikimedia.org

Also, he looks like my Uncle Ed.
 
2014-02-25 09:29:58 PM

Prey4reign: There's a link to an article in which Bill Murray comments on the death of Harold Ramis.  Essentially he just lists the movies they worked together and then says, "he earned his place on earth, God bless him."  FTW?


I have this theory in regards to Bill.  To me, the difference between public Bill and private Bill is parallel to Krusty The Clown's life.  Bill just isn't into talking about his personal life, because he either hates it or finds it completely immaterial to what he does publicly, and I'm all good with that.  And I think at this point we're just baiting him to snap on us in regards to his private life, and sooner or later he's gonna snap at someone bad.
 
2014-02-25 10:45:17 PM
I still don't like Bing.
 
2014-02-25 11:30:38 PM
That he was willing to learn to be gay?

/got nothing
//gave my love a cherry that had no stem
 
2014-02-25 11:38:48 PM

Peaceboy: Tobolowsky likes to talk.  There's even bonus material of him talking some more.



Also, he looks like my Uncle Ed.


Well, his voice is his passport.

/please verify
//me?
 
2014-02-25 11:48:28 PM
That was really nice. Thanks, subby.
 
2014-02-25 11:48:35 PM
How I, Steven Tobolowsky, shamelessly used a colleague's death to remind everyone what my name is.
 
2014-02-26 12:16:28 AM

bentleypm: How I, Steven Tobolowsky, shamelessly used a colleague's death to remind everyone what my name is.


He doesn't need to remind anyone about what his name is.  He's done over 200 movies, he's constantly getting work, and he's not a leading man so he doesn't need to keep in the public eye.

I, for one, appreciated someone who had actually worked with Ramis giving insight as to why everyone will be a little sadder from now on.
 
2014-02-26 12:18:46 AM
That's a DOOZY of an article...

BTW...great reverse type-casting of Tobolowsky in "Californication"
I respect him for going for it.
 
2014-02-26 12:19:01 AM
He's a great writer, and knows how to tell a story.
 
2014-02-26 12:39:01 AM
He did an AMA over on Reddit yesterday, I think this article was a synthesis of a lot of the answers he gave about Ramis in that thread
 
2014-02-26 12:46:19 AM
Tobolowsky is awes... I mean great. I still miss his podcast; it went private or something.

Nice piece. But wasn't someone here recently crediting Murray for making Groundhog subtle and marvelous, while Ramos wanted it broad and slapstick?
 
2014-02-26 12:47:51 AM
Ugh fat fingered Ramis.
 
2014-02-26 12:53:54 AM

bentleypm: How I, Steven Tobolowsky, shamelessly used a colleague's death to remind everyone what my name is.


Guessing, but this is generally what he wrote in a Reddit comment yesterday when someone asked him about Ramis.  I'm assuming Slate saw it, realized they could get some hits with this, and asked him to post/flesh it out.
 
2014-02-26 01:25:02 AM

bentleypm: How I, Steven Tobolowsky, shamelessly used a colleague's death to remind everyone what my name is.


It reminds me of the time I shared a table with John Ritter and Ryan White at an AIDS awareness benefit put on by Paul and Sheila Wellstone.

I introduced John to Billy Bob Thornton that night and some six months later he's restarting his career with his role in Sling Blade.

/ the mohawk was my idea...
 
2014-02-26 01:49:33 AM

bentleypm: How I, Steven Tobolowsky, shamelessly used a colleague's death to remind everyone what my name is.


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2014-02-26 01:54:59 AM

Far Cough: Ugh fat fingered Ramis.


Fat Fingered Ramis would be a great name for a band.
 
2014-02-26 02:05:31 AM

Weatherkiss: Far Cough: Ugh fat fingered Ramis.

Fat Fingered Ramis would be a great name for a band.


Way kinder than the interpretation I was expecting.
 
2014-02-26 02:16:34 AM

Omahawg: That he was willing to learn to be gay?

/got nothing
//gave my love a cherry that had no stem


That was Steven Bishop, not Harold Ramis.
 
2014-02-26 02:26:00 AM

ThatBillmanGuy: Peaceboy: Tobolowsky likes to talk.  There's even bonus material of him talking some more.

Also, he looks like my Uncle Ed.

Well, his voice is his passport.

/please verify
//me?


hehe, how sneaky of you.
 
2014-02-26 02:28:48 AM

Peaceboy: Tobolowsky likes to talk.


ThatBillmanGuy: Peaceboy: Tobolowsky likes to talk.  There's even bonus material of him talking some more.

Also, he looks like my Uncle Ed.

Well, his voice is his passport.

/please verify
//me?


damn it, i was going to say this
 
2014-02-26 02:30:03 AM

The Flexecutioner: ThatBillmanGuy: Peaceboy: Tobolowsky likes to talk.  There's even bonus material of him talking some more.

Also, he looks like my Uncle Ed.

Well, his voice is his passport.

/please verify
//me?

hehe, how sneaky of you.


What are you guys really talking about? Too many secrets!
 
2014-02-26 03:28:16 AM
Harold probably just needed more crampbark.
 
2014-02-26 03:32:40 AM

Peaceboy: Tobolowsky likes to talk.  There's even bonus material of him talking some more.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x276]

Also, he looks like my Uncle Ed.


dammit, sneaky indeed.  i totally missed that one.  well done!
 
2014-02-26 04:15:11 AM
You're makin' friends fast here, John.
 
2014-02-26 04:36:08 AM
BING
 
2014-02-26 05:10:48 AM

berniex: Omahawg: That he was willing to learn to be gay?

/got nothing
//gave my love a cherry that had no stem

That was Steven Bishop, not Harold Ramis.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-02-26 06:05:00 AM
If anyone remembers, he was in Heroes, and played a really evil character. The contrast to Ned Ryerson was quite unsettling.

He also has a small but lovely little part at the beginning of The Grifters. He's in the film for maybe a couple of minutes, but it's utterly memorable for his performance.
 
2014-02-26 07:18:22 AM

farkeruk: If anyone remembers, he was in Heroes, and played a really evil character. The contrast to Ned Ryerson was quite unsettling.

He also has a small but lovely little part at the beginning of The Grifters. He's in the film for maybe a couple of minutes, but it's utterly memorable for his performance.


And that last line summarizes his remarkable show stealing career.
 
2014-02-26 08:55:40 AM

bentleypm: How I, Steven Tobolowsky, shamelessly used a colleague's death to remind everyone what my name is.


You're kind of an asshole aren't you?

I highly recommend listening to his podcast, the Tobolowsky Files, which you can find on tunein. He's lived an amazing life and is a great story teller. I listen to them at work and it frequently gets dusty. It covers things from being the lead singer of Stevie Ray Vaughan's first band to poignant stories about his relationships and career.

I just listened to the one yesterday about his conversation with a man who survived Auschwitz who had fonder memories of a couple of German guards there than of one of the fellow Jews from his village.
 
2014-02-26 12:29:22 PM

Omahawg: berniex: Omahawg:


//gave my love a cherry that had no stem

That was Steven Bishop (playing guitar on the staircase in the movie Animal House), not Harold Ramis.

 
2014-02-26 01:17:16 PM

Crewmannumber6: I highly recommend listening to his podcast, the Tobolowsky Files, which you can find on tunein.


So is the podcast still dead, or not?  He stopped it cold in August/September 2012 to "monetize" it with a radio show or something.   My feed went silent and never put out anything again.

I'm on a new phone now and just resubscribed, but I'm not yet sure if these are new episodes or just archives...
 
2014-02-26 03:22:31 PM

Far Cough: Crewmannumber6: I highly recommend listening to his podcast, the Tobolowsky Files, which you can find on tunein.

So is the podcast still dead, or not?  He stopped it cold in August/September 2012 to "monetize" it with a radio show or something.   My feed went silent and never put out anything again.

I'm on a new phone now and just resubscribed, but I'm not yet sure if these are new episodes or just archives...


The latest one aired 2/14/2014, and the one before that was 1/30/2014. They're not all gems but some of them really get to me.
 
2014-02-26 03:30:18 PM

Crewmannumber6: Far Cough: Crewmannumber6: I highly recommend listening to his podcast, the Tobolowsky Files, which you can find on tunein.

So is the podcast still dead, or not?  He stopped it cold in August/September 2012 to "monetize" it with a radio show or something.   My feed went silent and never put out anything again.

I'm on a new phone now and just resubscribed, but I'm not yet sure if these are new episodes or just archives...

The latest one aired 2/14/2014, and the one before that was 1/30/2014. They're not all gems but some of them really get to me.


Only thing that bothers me is that you can often tell that he's reading.  No big deal, but just surprising from such a fine actor.
 
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