“Forgotten Hollywood”- Harold Ramis Academy…

Posted on February 9, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis. His longtime collaborator and film producer Trevor Albert will be the school’s chairman. The advisory board will include Second City alumni Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Martin Short, Tim Meadows, Catherine O’Hara, and others.


   Second City said that applications are being accepted for the school’s yearlong filmmaker program that starts in September in Chicago. Students enrolled in the intensive program will learn comedy training, film history, storytelling, and film production. They’ll produce a pilot television show or short film.

   Harold  joined The Second City Mainstage in 1969, writing and performing in six revues over four years. A Chicago native, Ramis’ exceptional stage work led him to roles on The National Lampoon Show and SCTV. Ramis turned his focus to film when he created a script for National Lampoon’s magazine which was turned into the screenplay for the groundbreaking comedy Animal House. He’s famous for creating the conceptual ideas behind Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Meatballs.

   Ramis died in February, 2014 at the age of 69 at his home in the Chicago suburbs after suffering from an autoimmune disease. The legacy of Harold Ramis will grow in cinematic history due to Second City’s commitment for quality education in the area of comedic movie-making.

   If you would like apply for the program, click on the link below:



Tommy_kelly_actor   Tommy Kelly is best remembered for his title role in David O. Selznick’s 1938 film The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, based on Mark Twain’s novel of the same name. A year later, Kelly had a small but memorable part in Gone with the Wind. He also had small roles in Life Begins for Andy Hardy, Battleground, and The Magnificent Yankee.                      TOMMY KELLY ——–>

   As with many other stars, the war years found Tommy in the Army, where he served in the infantry, not the USO as did some other child stars; he fought in the European theater, participating in the critical campaign for the bridge at Remagen.

   Tommy Kelly was 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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