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


"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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Too bad. I just saw him acting in Knocked Up the other day. Groundhog Day is brilliant.
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Well, this can't be good for the Ghostbusters 3 pipe dream that's been churning the last few years.
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R.I.P.
He made a lot of people smile.
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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.
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Looks like a movie binge weekend coming! RIP :(
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:(
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This news is like losing a part of your formative self. Rest in Funny Mr Ramis.
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So many great characters. So much funny writing. A great talent whom I'll miss very much.

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Classic cool guy, sorely missed! They don't come that often!
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very sad to hear this
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This was such sad news to learn of, he had such a great ability to write and direct, and he also could be compelling when he acted. Harold Ramis was a gift to comedy and his passing is a huge loss.
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AHHHHH SO SAAAAAAAAD!!
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Very sad indeed. A great man who touched many lives.
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Sad. Groundhog Day is a comedy classic. And so many of his other movies were such a good time, he'll be missed.
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He was truly one of the greats... Rest in peace, Mr. Ramis. I send my condolences to his loved ones.
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Mr.Ramis and his movies help shape my childhood and teens(Animal House,Meatballs,Stripes,Caddyshack,National lampoon's Vacation,Back to School and Ghostbusters 12).He was a comedic genius and legend.We will miss his charm,wit and his inspired comedic intellect.R.I.P. Mr.Ramis.Your presence will be missed but NEVER forgotten.
Today I'll give TV a rest and watch some of his movies instead.
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How sad. We've lost one of the greatest comedic film makers ever.
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Ghostbusters = all-time favorite childhood movie, I even had the freaking toy building that you could pour slime through the roof! And I still "don't cross the streams"! Miss you Egon.
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This is very sad news. He did so much behind the camera, I'm afraid many people don't realize his influence.
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Oh, I think most do.
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No, he was my favorite Ghostbuster. The world will miss you.
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Thanks for the good times, the laughs and all the movies my family could watch together no matter what.

You were as brilliant as you were fun and you shall always be missed.
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Sad day for comedy.
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RIP, Egon. As a lot of people already said, I will never cross the streams.
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Sad news.
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R.I.P. Harold Ramis!!!!
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Now there will never be a Ghostbusters 3 :( :( :(
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It's all Bill Murray's fault.
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What a sad day. Groundhog Day is one of my all-time favorite films. Ghostbusters, Animal House, Vacation and Caddyshack are classics that will live on forever. And who doesn't love Meatballs or Stripes? Disappointed that they could never get Ghostbusters 3 off the ground before his passing. RIP Harold. Thank you for all the joy and laughter you brought to my life! You will be missed!
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Stripes is such a great comedy. I really need to watch that one again.
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just saw Meatballs... it's so dated haha but still awesome.
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Ghostbusters is one of my favorite series of all time. I still remember how excited I was to see the second movie when it came out in 1989.

I'm so sad now. I'll miss you Egon :(
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NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Now there'll never be a Ghostbusters 3. Why God, Why?!!!!
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Bill Murray, that's why. :-(
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Aim for the FLAT TOP!!! Ramis was the man!!
R.I.P Egon
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R.I.P dude
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RIP

Extremely sad by this, one of my favorite writers.

Watching Caddyshack right now and plan to watch Meatballs, Stripes and Groundhog Day very very soon (the later 2 again for the 100th time)
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Despite all the great movies, I'll specifically attribute SCTV for my love for him... not only because this is a TV site and I'm Canadian. May he rest in peace.
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RIP .. never forgotten
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He made me laugh ad a kid, I love Ghostbusters, The real Ghostbusters was my favorite cartoon. I really wanted Ghostbusters 3 to come out or anther cartoon.
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:c This news ruined my breakfast sandwich. You were a funny, funny man, Harold. You well be missed.
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This is the worst news I've heard in...not even sure how long.

I just turned 30 years old. If you're around my age or older, chances are that whatever movie you consider to be the funniest movie ever made was either written by, directed by, acted in, or all three, by Harold Ramis. A legend doesn't even describe him.
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This news is so sad what a loss.
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