Harold Ramis directed Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in his 1999 comedy Analyze This, and Crystal remembers the man fondly.
“Harold was a gentle, funny man,” he said in an emailed statement. “He found the perfect tone for Robert De Niro and I in Analyze This.”
In the film, De Niro plays a Mafia man who is struggling with stress and goes to see a psychiatrist, played by Crystal, who he begins an unlikely friendship with. In addition to directing the film, Ramis also co-wrote the screenplay. Crystal ended his statement saying, “He was a good man and I am shocked and saddened at his passing.” De Niro also commented on Ramis’ death, saying in an emailed statement, “I’m very sad to hear of Harold’s passing. He was a warm, sweet, gentle, and kind man. I greatly enjoyed working with him and he shall be missed.”