Did Harold Ramis and Bill Murray Ever Reconcile Their Feud After ‘Groundhog Day’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Comedians Harold Ramis and Bill Murray might have collaborated on movies like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, and Meatballs, but it surely was Groundhog Day that drove a 20 yr wedge into their friendship.

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Bill Murray Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd |Columbia Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis through Getty Images

Murray and Ramis have been shut pals and Ramis’ daughter recalled why their friendship broke down in her e book, “Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis.”  

“As has been broadly documented, Groundhog Day was the movie that broke the friendship between my dad and Bill Murray,” Ramis’ daughter Violet Ramis Stiel wrote. “Bill was going through a difficult time in his personal life, and he and my dad were not seeing eye to eye on the tone of the film. They had a few arguments on set, including one in which my dad uncharacteristically lost his temper, grabbed Bill by the collar, and shoved him up against a wall. Eventually, Bill just completely shut my dad out…for the next twenty‑plus years.”

Harold Ramis dreamed about reconciling with Bill Murray for many years

Murray was going via a divorce and have become much more elusive than ever. He prevented Ramis’ telephone calls after they labored collectively on Groundhog Day and Ramis mirrored on the demise of their friendship.

“At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set,” he mentioned. “What I’d want to say to him is just what we tell our children: ‘You don’t have to throw tantrums to get what you want. Just say what you want.’”

Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in a scene from the film 'Groundhog Day', directed by Harold RamisBill Murray and Andie MacDowell in a scene from the film 'Groundhog Day', directed by Harold Ramis
Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in a scene from the movie ‘Groundhog Day’, directed by Harold Ramis| Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

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Ramis later shared that he dreamed about reconciling together with his longtime friend. “I’ve had many dreams about him, that we’re friends again,” he mentioned. “There was a great reunion feeling in those dreams. Bill was a strong man. He was a rock for us. You’d do a movie with Bill, a big comedy in those early days, just knowing he could save the day no matter how bad the script was, that we’d find something through improvisation.”

“That was our alliance, kind of, our big bond,” he continued. “I could help him be the best funny Bill Murray he could be, and I think he appreciated that then. And I don’t know where that went, but it’s there on film. So whatever happens between us in the future, at least we have those expressions.”

Harold Ramis and Bill Murray resolved their feud earlier than it was too late

Violet Ramis Stiel recalled that her father tried to push ahead from the friendship however was harm. “My dad did his best to be diplomatic about the whole thing and tried not to take it personally, but it bothered him. He described feeling variously heartbroken, confused, and yet unsurprised by the rejection,” she wrote in her e book.

Later in life, Ramis developed Autoimmune Inflammatory Vasculitis. His well being spiraled and he developed an an infection in 2010 that left him confined to a wheelchair. Bill Murray’s brother Brian Doyle Murray urged him to go to Ramis when it grew to become clear Ramis was dying.

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Bill Murray confirmed up at Ramis’ home early one morning with a field of donuts the place the 2 had some laughs and spent a number of final hours collectively. Ramis died in February 2014.

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