Harold Ramis Dead at 69

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Harold Ramis Dead at 69

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | February 24, 2014 | Comments ()


Harold Ramis, the director of Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation , and Caddyshack, as well as the star of Stripes and the Ghostbusters movies, has passed away. He was 69.

Ramis, unbeknownst to me, had been suffering health complications since he underwent surgery in 2010 for diverticulitis, leaving him unable to walk. He did manage to regain that ability, but recently suffered another relapse and never recovered.

Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV, and one of three screenwriters for the film National Lampoon’s Animal House. He was also an all-around good guy, though he did lose the friendship of his longtime pal Bill Murray over a feud on Groundhog Day. Ramis’ most recent work was as a director on several episodes of The Office, which had two writers who had worked on the script for Ghostbusters 3.

Ramis leaves behind a wife, three children, and an amazing body of work. Basically, if you grew up in the 80s and 90s and had a decent sense of humor, you can attribute at least part of it to Ramis and John Hughes.

Ramis will be missed.

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  • Dumily

    I feel like somebody crossed the streams.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Well, this is complete bullshit and I don't approve.

  • manting

    One of the funniest people EVER. Caddyshack, Animal House, Ghost Busters, and tons more. If the amount of happiness you create in others is the metric for a good life this guy won.

  • foolsage

    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

    That man had genuine talent. He was a fucking giant of film.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I always had a bit of a crush on Egon, who was clearly the best of the Ghostbusters.
    This is awful, sad news, but at least he's got an amazing body of work that will live on for years. He was a brilliant writer and director, as well as one of the best "straight men" in the business.

  • luthien26

    I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one. I had a serious girl-crush on Egon, and always thought Ramis was great. Sad to hear this.

  • chanohack

    Egon was by far the sexiest Ghostbuster. He must not have really been interested in Janine, because there's no way she'd opt for Rick Moranis over Harold Ramis.

  • PDamian

    Oh, good. I thought I was the only one who thought so. The header photo is giving me all sorts of flutters.

    RIP, Mr. Ramis. Thanks for all the joy.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Agreed! He was smart, funny and he had priceless reactions to the others. What else could you possibly want?

  • BWeaves


  • I might go in the NYPL reading room and have a cry in the corner. RIP, Mr. Ramis, you legend.

  • Boothy K

    This is so sad.

  • Antique (webelos8)

    I love his stuff. Too soon! He will be missed. :(

  • marigi


  • Miss Kate


  • NateMan

    Also, though I don't remember it being posted here, John Henson just died. He was best known for playing Sweetums.

  • chanohack

    :-O This makes my heart literally hurt. So sad.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That is sad, another young death for that family. I loved Sweetums. "Hey, Wait for me, guys! I want to go to Hollywooooood!"

    Sadder than Maria Van Trapp dying, certainly.

  • NateMan

    Agreed. Best family in the world (at least from the outside) and they keep dying way too early.

  • stardust

    Wow. RIP, Mr. Ramis. I'll work a Ghostbusters quote into my afternoon and pass along one of the many laughs you gave me.

  • Guest

    FVCK YOU Diverticulitis.

  • Helo

    Awwww man. Even if he had done nothing else, Groundhog Day lands him on the list of all-time comedy greats. How fortunate for us that this extended to Vacation, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Animal House, etc.

    Do... Ray.... Egon... =(

  • stella

    WHY IS EVERYONE DYING? *kicks something*

  • John G.

    "so, what does this do to the Ghostbuster's Sequel?"
    -Dan Aykroyd

  • John G.

    "I collect spores, molds, and fungus."

    RIP, Egon.

  • Aaron Schulz

    "Print is dead"

  • Some Guy

    We had part of a.Slinky. But I straightened it.

  • John W

    Sad news. R.I.P.

  • Seriously dusty in my office right now.

  • trishy4301

    The Chicago Tribune article says that Bill Murray did visit Harold while he was ill. I hope they both moved on from whatever separated them for so long. Safe travels, Egon.

  • zeke_the_pig

    An immense talent; and by all accounts an all-around wonderful human being. Rest in peace, Mr Ramis, and thank you for the gifts.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Aw, sad, and the moreso for being so unexpected. Not much fanfare was made of the man, but boy did he make us laugh.

  • Farewell, Mr. Ramis. Thanks for the laughs. http://www.morethings.com/fan/...

  • chanohack

    Which one of you punched me in the gut? :(

  • BendinIntheWind

    I am so, so heartbroken at this, but (fully aware that this makes me a terrible person) my biggest takeaway from Ramis' death is my fear that one day Bill Murray will die. And that day will truly be the worst goddamn day of my life.

    Luckily for all of us he is not of this world, and therefore immune to human death.

    ...right? :(

  • BiblioGlow

    I'm actually more afraid of Rick Moranis dying. It'll be like losing Mister Rogers all over again. Even though he doesn't act at present, the world is better with him in it somewhere.

  • TacoBellRey

    2014 is just going on a rampage. This is not good at all. RIP indeed.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    This is going to be one of those years, isn't it?

  • BendinIntheWind
  • Bert_McGurt

    What a sad day for comedy. Rest easy, Mr. Ramis. You've given us thousands of laughs over the years.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Welp, time to go listen to Will the Circle Be Unbroken while crying uncontrollably. Again.

  • NateMan

    Awwwwww MAN. That sucks.

  • cruzzercruz

    His résumé is essentially a list of movies that defined my youth and gave me the taste in humor I have today. I'll always love his films.

  • So he was 39 when he made Ghostbusters? Damn.

    Ramis has a HOF comedy resume. You can make the case that three of his movies -- Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day -- are three of the best comedies of all time.

  • I would put the first Vacation movie in the top five as well.

  • No, no, no. No?

  • Ozioma

    EGON D:

  • How much of 70s and 80s humor had Ramis' touch?


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