BREAKING NEWS: Actor-Director-Writer Harold Ramis Dead at 69

It’s a sad day for many comedy and sci-fi fans everywhere, as the beloved Harold Ramis has passed away.


The 69-year-old actor-director succumbed from complications of autoimmune deficiency vasculitis early this morning. Comic Book Resources said he’s been fighting with serious illness since 2010.

Ramis first got his start at the Second City improv troupe and SCTV, a late-night sketch comedy series.

Ramis went on to write or co-write beloved comedies like Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II, and of course Groundhog Day, which he also directed and appeared in.

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As an actor, he is undoubtedly best remembered for his roles in Stripes and the two Ghostbusters films, in both of which he appeared with frequent collaborator Bill Murray.

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Dr. Egon Spengler has always been my favorite Ghostbuster and my heart is heavy today. Ramis’ friends and family are in GAS’s thoughts today.

[via Comic Book Resources]


One Response to BREAKING NEWS: Actor-Director-Writer Harold Ramis Dead at 69

  1. And this caused a riff between the two and they never spoke again

    “This feud is more a sad tale of shunning than a fight; Ramis seems genuinely sad to have lost his friend. “It’s a little heartbreaking to me. I don’t know that he’s heartbroken.” He claims that during the time of filming Groundhog Day, Murray was going through a divorce and behaving erratically (Dan Aykroyd referred to this time as “the Murricane.”). “At times, Bill was just really irrationally mean and unavailable; he was constantly late on set,” Ramis says. “What I’d want to say to him is just what we tell our children: ‘You don’t have to throw tantrums to get what you want. Just say what you want.'” After the film, Murray stopped speaking to Ramis, and when asked by an interviewer about his former friend, Murray claimed he had nothing to say.”

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