Harold Ramis Has Passed Away

Published: Feb 24, 2014 15:42pm EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 24, 2014 @ 03:53pm EST


Harold Ramis, famous for such films as Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Stripes; passed away this morning at the age of 69. Ramis died after a four-year battle with an autoimmune disease, his talent agency said. He died surrounded by family and friends.

While Ramis will always be known for his role as Egon Spengler in the Ghostbuster series, it was his work as both a writer and director that will carve his name among Hollywood's elite. Other than the movies he starred in, Ramis helped write classics such as: Animal House, Armed and Dangerous, Meatballs, Back to School, and Analyze This. He also directed the classics; National Lampoon's Vacation, Multiplicity and even a few episodes of the hit series The Office.

Ramis represented a golden age for comedy in the 1980's. Movies now are all about sight gags and being over the top, but his films were all about actually being funny. Nothing was taken too seriously and his movies were better because of it. For those of us who grew up watching his films and memorizing the one-liners that went with them (We came, we saw, we kicked it's ASS!), Ramis' work will be forever etched in our memory. 

He was one of those director you may not know, but you most certainly knew his work. For all the credit and fame that Bill Murray and Chevy Chase have gotten, they owe a great deal of it to the work of Harold Ramis. A lot of the actors that had success in the 80's owe him a debt of gratitude. Look up any of the classic comedies from that era and I bet you will find Ramis' name attached to them some form or fashion. 

Ramis once said, "My job is to come up with something that you like and you agree with that you would play wholeheartedly. If we disagree, I may not be doing my job correctly." Well Mr Ramis, you did you job well, and you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace sir.

Ramis is survived by his wife Erica and his three children. 


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