‘Groundhog Day’ Cast Members Reunite in Chicago to Celebrate Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day, Harold Ramis Day

It’s Groundhog Day, and some of the cast of the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day are coming together to celebrate the life of the movie’s director and cowriter, Harold Ramis, nearly 10 years after his passing.

Navy Pier in Chicago hosts a free event at Harry Caray’s Tavern and other venues on Friday, Feb. 2.

Groundhog Day cast members expected to attend include Brian Doyle-Murray (Buster), Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned), Marita Geraghty (Nancy), Robin Duke (Doris the Waitress) and David Pasquesi (the psychiatrist).

Matt Fagerholm of RogerEbert.com caught up with four of the cast members for a heartfelt tribute to Ramis.

“I first met Harold when I auditioned for Groundhog Day, and working with him was such a thrill,” Pasquesi says. “He was all three of these things to excess: funny, intelligent and kind. I don’t know anyone that has the excesses in all three of those areas like he did. Even though I had only one scene in the film, he personally walked me around and introduced me to every department head. I barely had been on a film set, and he made me feel like I belonged there. After the shoot, we worked together a few more times, and we ended up becoming friends. I would call him occasionally when I was out in Los Angeles and we would go out to lunch. I just did whatever I could to find reasons to spend time with him.”

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