Harold Ramis: 1944-2014

News Simon Brew 24 Feb 2014 - 17:30

Harold Ramis, of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day fame, has died at the age of 69.

Oh, this is horrible, horrible news. Harold Ramis has died, at the age of 69.

The same Harold Ramis that was one of the key parts of the Ghostbusters team (as co-star and co-writer). And the same Harold Ramis who went on to build a career in directing, including the already all-time classic Groundhog Day. If you get a chance, check out Danny Rubins' excellent book on the film, where he talks about the impact that Ramis had on improving the screenplay. Ramis was integral to reworking the wonderful script.

It's being reported that his death was due to "complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis", reports the Chicago Tribune. He had been fighting illness for the last couple of years.

He leaves behind an incredible career. As well as the films mentioned above, he also directed the likes of Analyze This, Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation and the sorely underrated The Ice Harvest. His further writing credits included National Lampoon's Animal House and Meatballs.

Our thoughts are very much with his friends and family at this horrible, difficult time. Rest in peace sir. And thank you.

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I can't believe this. Close to tears. Horrible news.

Very sad indeed.

Groundhog Day and National Lampoon's Vacation are the only two films in existence that bring my whole family together and we can all enjoy. Charming, beautiful and wise, hilarious....and those films are good too. RIP, tragic loss, but inspired so many.

For people of a certain age, Harold will be an utter legend and an integral part of their childhood. A sad loss but who's legacy will last for generations.

Seriously I thought he would live longer. He IS a legend, and a big part of my childhood movie experience,

The scene in the court room where they say "Do, Ray, Egon" Cracks me up everytime. RIP peace Harold Ramis.

Don't forget Stripes with Bill Murry! So sad to hear!

RIP - one of my favourites, so sad...

A great writer, comedic and otherwise. So sad to hear of yet another passing of yet another talented person.

Peter Venkman: Hi, Egon. How's school? I bet those science chicks really dig that large cranium of yours, huh?

Egon: I think they're more interested in my epididymis.

RIP

Such sad news. A great talent. Harold Ramis will be missed as a writer, actor and director. Not many can do all three so well. R.I.P.

Egon... gone.

How fitting to see this piece here. While other people he worked with (most notably Bill Murray, but also Dan Akroyd and Chevy Chase) will be more wellknown to society as a whole, it is Ramis who geeks love. Not everything he did was great, but he was involved in so much top notch stuff. A tremendous loss and my thoughts go to his family and friends. The world truly is a sadder place without Harold.

A sad day indeed, Harold Ramis will always be Egon Spengler to so many people of a certain age but he was so much more, being a top writer and director. I had no idea he was even in ill health.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this sad time.

Genuinely saddened by this news. For me Harold Ramis was part of a group of film makers that felt as though they were making comedies for me, everything else I loved Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks had all been things I would watch with my parents but National Lampoon's Animal House was the first film I rented on VHS for me and my mates to watch. From there I pretty much watched everything by Ramis, Landis, the Zucker Brothers and Jim Abrahams, Joe Dante etc and they felt like the belonged to me.

Not all the films were good, but even the weakest - Ghostbusters II had scenes or jokes that meant I could rewatch them happily for the nuggets of gold 'Suck in the guts guys, we're the Ghostbusters'.

Losing Harold Ramis seems like it will just be the start (he may be the first of that generation that has been taken at an age that isn't shockingly young) and that's sad because it's seeing my teenage years getting further and further away.

He was a brilliant director, a very good actor and an exceptional writer.

RIP Harold Ramis, thank you for giving me my own films to laugh at and love.

Ok, now the Oscars obit bit is going to run really ..... REALLY long!
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Very very sad loss. RIP.

Harold has gone to the big containment unit in the sky. You will be missed Spenglar!

SCTV was the first time I saw him. Then all these movies he directed. He played a big part in my life, since I grew up with the 80s movies. Requiescat in pace!

So sad. I love him as the nicest doctor in the world in one of my fave movies As Good As It Gets! RIP

"Do..."
"Ray..."
"EGON!"
Really seemed like a genuinely warm and jovial human being. Not enough of his like around anymore. Time to sadly doff the cap.
Rest in peace, Mr. Ramis.

RIP Egon, we're sorry for not letting you drill a hole through your head.

Mother pus bucket....

RIP.

Watch this scene in each of the different languages on the DVD, it is hilarious with the different voice artists used! Try it!

That is the most strangely poignant image I have ever seen here!

Great comedian and writer though, he has a large part in shaping US comedy from the 80's up and into the future. It wasn't gross out or puerile, just really funny

See you on the other side, Egon.

Well this just made me cry.

Any DoGers who have never seen Groundhog Day should take the rest of the day off and go see it immediately. A strong contender for the best film ever made

Most of my favourite films have his involvement somewhere, either as actor, writer or director. A definite loss, but what a legacy! RIP Harold Ramis

same here

Wow. That is actually heartbreakingly beautiful. You win the internet, sir!

My mates and I watched Ghostbusters for the zillionth time last night. But this time we all shed a tear. I never thought one of my favourite films ever would ever make me cry.
Please don't move ahead with Ghostbusters 3. Without Murray and now Ramis it would just hurt too much.

"I collect spores, mold and fungus".

One more name has been added to Tobin's Spirit Guide.

R.I.P Egon

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