Harold Ramis: 1944-2014

The Ghostbusters star and Groundhog Day director was 69.



Harold Ramis, the influential comedy director, writer, and actor who was best known for his performance as Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, died Monday at his Chicago home of complications from auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69.

Born in Chicago, Ramis cut his teeth as a writer and performer during stints with National Lampoon and SCTV in the 1970s. Ramis' first major film credit came in 1978, when he collaborated with National Lampoon magazine staffers Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller on the screenplay for National Lampoon's Animal House, a low budget frat house comedy that became a huge box office hit and a genre classic. He followed that triumph with a script for Meatballs, which starred National Lampoon collaborator Bill Murray; and Caddyshack, his directorial debut and a huge commercial success. Subsequently, Ramis wrote the script for Stripes (which also starred Murray) and directed National Lampoon's Vacation, which starred Caddyshack's Chevy Chase.

Ramis' most memorable performance was in Ghostbusters, playing Dr. Egon Spengler as a deadpan counterweight to Murray's wisecracking Peter Venkman (he also collaborated on the script with co-star Dan Dan Aykroyd). In 1993, Ramis directed the critical and commercial hit Groundhog Day, his final collaboration with Murray. Subsequently, Ramis directed a few films that failed to equal his 1980s-1990s apex (his last directorial credit was Year One in 2009), but he appeared in a number of films in supporting roles, most memorably as Seth Rogan's father in Knocked Up.

Ramis is survived by his wife Erica, as well as his three children and two grandchildren.

For Harold Ramis' complete filmography, click here.

Comments

Eric Chernin

Eric Chernin

First Sid Caesar, now Harold Ramis. The world is a much less funny place.

Feb 24 - 11:25 AM

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Alex Keenan

Alex Keenan

Oh just f*ck off

Feb 26 - 08:43 AM

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

Dammit. God better be putting on one hell of a show in Heaven. I can't stand seeing such great talent being lost.

Feb 24 - 11:30 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!
I'M IN SHOCK!
Ghostbusters; National Lampoon's Vacation; being reported as jealous of John Belushi in Bob Woodward's WIRED; Stripes; CADYSHACK!!!!!
. . . Groundhog Day.
I can't believe it.
apparently he'd been sick with a quasi-terminal illness for the past four years .

AN UN-DIMINISHABLE BLACK HOLE IN THE HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY: COMEDY-DIVISION HAS BEEN FORMED THIS DAY.

Feb 24 - 11:56 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

"Time To Die"- Roy Battey in BLADRUNNER
(tears in the rain soliloquy)

Feb 24 - 11:59 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

VACATION and GROUNDHOG DAY were quite good. Even YEAR ONE was enjoyable thanks to him. R.I.P.

Feb 24 - 12:02 PM

Mark Vandrell

Mark Vandrell

Year One was pretty bad. I won't blame him for it though.

Feb 24 - 08:15 PM

Bill Lord

Bill Lord

I laughed all the way through 'Year One!"

Feb 25 - 07:47 AM

Dave J

Dave J

One of the most influential comedy shows was SCTV, and may Harold Ramis rest in peace!

Feb 24 - 12:32 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

"If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling," -Harold Ramis

Feb 24 - 12:53 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You just love repeating the same BS from other memoriams! Is there really something really wrong with you!

Feb 24 - 12:58 PM

Vincent

Max

"If one day I suffocate cause a quarter was lodged in my nose, do not cry because I was smiling," -Jeff Goldblum

Feb 24 - 01:11 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

What a stupid fake quote. It would take TAKE ah... something much bigger than a ah quarter to block my nasal passage.

Feb 24 - 01:21 PM

Vincent

Max

I heard the Titanic sank cause Jeff Goldblum shot a booger out.

Feb 24 - 01:31 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

But but BUT ah that ship sunk over 40 years before my ah... my birth.

Feb 24 - 01:41 PM

Vincent

Max

Jeff Goldblum Sr. that is.

Feb 24 - 03:07 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

*Harold Goldblum

Feb 24 - 03:53 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

He was the best part of Disney's Song of the South.

Feb 24 - 04:07 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

"We had part of a slinky, but I straightened it."

RIP buddy. You will be missed.

Feb 24 - 12:55 PM

Bill Lord

Bill Lord

Love that! Where is that quote from?

Feb 25 - 07:49 AM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

Ghostbusters.

Feb 25 - 07:19 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You just love repeating the same BS from other memoriams! Is there really something really wrong with you!

Feb 24 - 12:58 PM

Vincent

Max

"If one day I suffocate cause a quarter was lodged in my nose, do not cry because I was smiling," -Jeff Goldblum

Feb 24 - 01:11 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

What a stupid fake quote. It would take TAKE ah... something much bigger than a ah quarter to block my nasal passage.

Feb 24 - 01:21 PM

Vincent

Max

I heard the Titanic sank cause Jeff Goldblum shot a booger out.

Feb 24 - 01:31 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

But but BUT ah that ship sunk over 40 years before my ah... my birth.

Feb 24 - 01:41 PM

Vincent

Max

Jeff Goldblum Sr. that is.

Feb 24 - 03:07 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

*Harold Goldblum

Feb 24 - 03:53 PM

Vincent

Max

"If one day I suffocate cause a quarter was lodged in my nose, do not cry because I was smiling," -Jeff Goldblum

Feb 24 - 01:11 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

What a stupid fake quote. It would take TAKE ah... something much bigger than a ah quarter to block my nasal passage.

Feb 24 - 01:21 PM

Vincent

Max

I heard the Titanic sank cause Jeff Goldblum shot a booger out.

Feb 24 - 01:31 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

But but BUT ah that ship sunk over 40 years before my ah... my birth.

Feb 24 - 01:41 PM

Vincent

Max

Jeff Goldblum Sr. that is.

Feb 24 - 03:07 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

*Harold Goldblum

Feb 24 - 03:53 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

What a stupid fake quote. It would take TAKE ah... something much bigger than a ah quarter to block my nasal passage.

Feb 24 - 01:21 PM

Vincent

Max

I heard the Titanic sank cause Jeff Goldblum shot a booger out.

Feb 24 - 01:31 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

But but BUT ah that ship sunk over 40 years before my ah... my birth.

Feb 24 - 01:41 PM

Salvatore Climenti

Salvatore Climenti

Rest In Peace Harold Ramis aka Dr. Egon Spengler

Feb 24 - 02:30 PM

Vincent

Max

Jeff Goldblum Sr. that is.

Feb 24 - 03:07 PM

Critic Master

Critic Master

A truly gifted comedic mind, who will continue on the next part of the journey of life giving smiles and new material to the universe.

Feb 24 - 03:40 PM

Max

Ian Malcolm

*Harold Goldblum

Feb 24 - 03:53 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

He was the best part of Disney's Song of the South.

Feb 24 - 04:07 PM

Mark Vandrell

Mark Vandrell

Year One was pretty bad. I won't blame him for it though.

Feb 24 - 08:15 PM

Bill Lord

Bill Lord

I laughed all the way through 'Year One!"

Feb 25 - 07:47 AM

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