[R.I.P.] Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014)


Some incredibly sad news to report today. Per The Chicago Tribune, writer/director/actor Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69. Often taking a notable creative role in the projects he appeared in, he of course co-wrote as well as starred in Ghostbusters. He was also the writer and director of classics like Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. In addition, he directed the first installment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series and was the writer of Animal House, Meatballs and Back To School. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – Ramis was heavily involved in many other wonderful projects.

He had also been making a late career resurgence appearing in films like Knocked Up and Walk Hard. Not only did I immensely enjoy his work as a writer and director, I found his screen presence to be genuinely warm and human and I’m going to miss not seeing more of him.

According to the Tribune his death was a result of “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.” He had apparently been battling the disorder since 2010. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Source: Chicago Tribune
  • ReplicA

    Ah, that sucks hard. I loved his work, and completely agree with your statement, “I found his screen presence to be genuinely warm and human and I’m going to miss not seeing more of him.” That is some awful news.

  • Jaysin Horror

    My deepest condolences to his friends and family. Hopefully Heaven has a better collection of spores, mold and fungi for him to collect!

  • Turisas

    Sad news indeed. RIP Ghostbuster.

  • SaltSlasher

    OMG…I didn’t realize he directed all those amazing movies.

    So I guess it is safe to assume he will not be in the reboot Ghostbuster movies?!?

    I think to tribute him, the story line should involve them getting back together cause “Harold” was killed.

  • shutupanplay

    I grew up on a stable diet of his movies (written and directed)he always seemed very grounded to me, yet he had the ability to write such outrages movies, he was a talented writer and will be sadly missed.

  • Zebraman1428

    Man this is sad. RIP Egon.

  • Evan3

    RIP Ramis, thanks for all the absolutely great movies you gave us. Your death is truly tragic.

  • j.c

    Shocking news! R.I.P Mr. Ramis. Stripes, Animal House and Caddyshack are some of my all time favorite comedies.