Au Revoir, Gopher: Behind The Scenes of Caddyshack

Caddyshack is an iconic film for a number reasons but especially the amazing comedic cast and crew who have all become legendary in their own right. People quote the film constantly (sometimes without even knowing it) and the movie has definitively secured its place within the lexicon of popular culture. Explore this list of scandals, sorrows, and other interesting information from and about the stars and filmmakers of the classic film.

Caddyshack was directed by the late Harold Ramis. Harold made many films over his career, both as an actor and a director. You might remember him best from the film Ghostbusters where he played the role of Egon Spengler. In his final years, Harold co-starred in a new school of comedy films like the Judd Apatow flick Knocked Up. In that film he played the father of comedian Seth Rogen.

In 2010 the actors of Caddyshack got together for an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. Harold recounted his first ever directorial job and how difficult it was to find a golf club that would allow them to shoot saying, “We had 11 weeks to shoot the film. I had no idea what that meant because I’d never directed before. We shot it at Rolling Hills (now called Grande Oaks), a semi-private club in Florida. We kind of picked it by default. We visited a lot of really nice country clubs, and they didn’t want us because what club wants to shut down for a movie and have hundreds of people trampling on the golf course?”

A Presidential Honor

Harold Ramis tragically passed at the relatively young age of 69 years old in 2014. He died from complications related to a condition he had called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. When Harold passed away, President Obama was saddened and he released the following statement which included a nod to the classic Caddyshack.

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The POTUS said, “Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America’s greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago’s Second City. When we watched his movies – from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.”