Original Ghostbuster and SCTV Legend Harold Ramis Has Died at Age 69

By Tim Surette

Feb 24, 2014

"I collect spores, molds, and fungus." —Dr. Egon Spengler, Ghostbusters

Harold Ramis, who wrote and directed some of the best comedy films of the genre's golden years, has passed away at the age of 69, The Chicago Tribune reports. Though Ramis was most well-known for his movies, including CaddyshackGhostbustersand National Lampoon's Vacation, his early years as a comedy mastermind were forged on the legendary Canadian sketch show SCTV, which he wrote for and performed on. 

As it did for many of his SCTV costars, the Canadian show would springboard Ramis to Hollywood, where he wrote and/or directed Animal House, Meatballs, Back to School, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. As an actor, he played geeky characters such as Ghostbusters' Dr. Egon Spengler and Stripes' Russell Ziskey. Ramis's influence on comedy today cannot be overestimated.

Ramis died of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis early this morning.

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  • mrjimmyjames Feb 25, 2014

    Too bad. I just saw him acting in Knocked Up the other day. Groundhog Day is brilliant.

  • mrjimmyjames Feb 25, 2014

    Well, this can't be good for the Ghostbusters 3 pipe dream that's been churning the last few years.

  • ted2332 Feb 25, 2014

    He made a lot of people smile.

  • woz22 Feb 25, 2014

    Its a shame people from my childhood 80's stars are passing away really look back now and think that time moves on at such a great pace.

  • Coodookie Feb 25, 2014

    Looks like a movie binge weekend coming! RIP :(

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  • current Feb 25, 2014

    This news is like losing a part of your formative self. Rest in Funny Mr Ramis.

  • WavSlave Feb 25, 2014

    So many great characters. So much funny writing. A great talent whom I'll miss very much.

  • hockeyrick Feb 25, 2014

    Classic cool guy, sorely missed! They don't come that often!

  • ElGranBob Feb 25, 2014

    very sad to hear this

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