R.I.P. Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

Harold Ramis, one of film’s most celebrated and influential writers and directors, died early Monday morning at his Chicago home at the age of 69. Ramis was the noted director of comedy classics such as Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Analyze This. According to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, he died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that he began to struggle with in May 2010.

Ramis wrote or co-wrote many of the most iconic comedies of his generation, including Ghostbusters, Stripes, Meatballs and National Lampoon’s Animal House. He began as a performer and was the first head writer for Second City Television (or Sctv) in Chicago during the late 1970s. There, he was a part of a comic ensemble that also featured Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. He worked on Sctv from 1976 to 1979 and also popped up in various acting roles,
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