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Actor-Director Harold Ramis Passes Away

harold ramisHarold Ramis, the star of such classic comedies as Stripes and Ghostbusters and director of Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, passed away early this morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69. According to The Chicago Tribune, he began grappling with serious health problems since May 2010.

A Chicago native, Ramis  was a veteran of the Second City improvisational troupe and the late-night sketch-comedy series SCTV before moving into film as a writer of the 1978 comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House.

Ramis went on to write or co-write beloved comedies like Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, and, of course Groundhog Day, which he also directed and appeared in.

As an actor, he is undoubtedly best remembered for his roles in Stripes and the two Ghostbusters films, in both of which he appeared with frequent collaborator Bill Murray (the two, who were Second City castmates and worked together on The National Lampoon Radio Hour, also collaborated on Caddyshack and Groundhog Day).

According to the Tribune, Ramis had been quiet about his illness, but was visited by friends, including the long-estranged Murray.


  • AirDave

    Funny, funny man. What a loss. RIP

  • Statham

    Egon, nooooooooooo. I know the guy honestly hadn’t made much good in recent years, but he gave us Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. Kudos, and condolences to his family.

  • Kaine Morrison

    I’m saddened by this, yet I can’t help but be angry at Bill Murray!
    Dragging his feet, yes and no that he won’t do GhostBusters 3, and now we will never see a true GhostBusters 3…

  • Brian from Canada

    Such a great loss. I can still remember watching him fumble as Mo Green, late night movie quiz show host, on SCTV. My heart goes out to the family and friends in such a sad time.

  • Statham

    Ugh, please. The law of diminishing returns means that the film would probably suck anyway, especially with it not actually being written by the team who did the first two movies. And fans don’t even like the second one, by and large! Blame Murray all you like, I think he’s wise for just staying out of a project that’s likely to be a stinker.

  • joe87

    Well, I’m a fan, and I like the second film just fine. In fact, I don’t know too many people who actually dislike it.

  • joe87

    Feels like a piece of my childhood just died. :(

  • Tommy Rankin

    Hope he doesn’t become a troublesome ghost! What? Too soon?

    Well anyway, RIP Egon

  • demoncat_4

    hollywood has lost a true legend and also a comedy genius too. sympathy to his friends and family for their loss . which also means ghost busters 3 can no be declared dead for good .

  • Kaine Morrison

    I love GhostBusters 2…

  • the Dagman

    Huge loss, great talent, an understated comedic genius. SCTV, Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, … I can’t name everything he did, he created so many classic comedies. Thanks for the good times.