Harold Ramis: 1944-2014
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.