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The writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, was responsible for one masterpiece and several influential smash-hits. In each of his creative capacities, he was the eternal quiet man. In front of the camera, his blithe and undemanding presence often disguised his comic skill or made it appear effortless; he seemed happy to hang back and surrender the limelight to more demonstrative and dynamic collaborators, such as his Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. In his writing and directing he was adept at capitalising on an audience's love of coarseness without resorting to cruelty or sacrificing his compassion.
- Ryan Gilbey
The man who directed the 80s cult classic Caddyshack has died. Famed comedy director, writer and actor Harold Ramis has passed away at age 69. Ramis may be best known for his role as Egon Spengler in the 1984 comedy, which he also wrote, with Dan Aykroyd - passed away in the early hours of this morning (after suffering autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis for a number of years. Although he is best remembered on-screen for his roles in 'Ghostbusters' and its 1989 sequel, Harold had been a leading figure in comedy since the 70s, directing 'Caddyshack', 'Groundhog Day' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation'. He also co-wrote the iconic 1978 film 'National Lampoon's Animal House', and later 1999s 'Analyse This' and 2002s 'Analyze That', starring Robert De Niro, which he also directed. Harold continued to act in recent years, with parts in 'Knocked Up', »
There are very few perfect films. Part of what makes films so beautiful and rich and rewarding is that they are the result of a sort of mass insanity that happens when you have all of these people all pushing to create something tangible, something that moves us to some sort of real emotional place. It's easy to forget that movies are ultimately a bunch of people standing around playing make-believe, but with a crew there to capture it all. Considering how many moving pieces there are in any film, it's almost miraculous when they actually come together coherently, much less in a way that manages to make us genuinely lose ourselves in what we're watching. Harold Ramis made a perfect movie. "Groundhog Day" is one of the few mainstream comedies that I think actually grows and gets richer and more wonderful the more you revisit it, something which seems »
- Drew McWeeny
We're losing them too fast, aren't we? Today comes the sad news that comedy legend Harold Ramis passed away from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis at age 69. He was old enough to have influenced a generation of comedy writers, from Adam Sandler to Judd Apatow, but gosh, 69 still feels too young. Most viewers will remember Ramis as Egon Spengler, the dry one in his landmark '84 hit Ghostbusters. No, the really dry one - the egghead who strapped Rick Moranis into some sort of cranial contraption to hear him spout about the return of Gozer the Traveler; the one who explained the »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Harold Ramis passed away today at the age of 69.
The veteran director and actor was known for films including Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Analyze This and Analyze That, all four of which he wrote and directed, and notably for his role as Dr Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters.
Following the news, tributes have poured in from Ramis's friends and colleagues across Hollywood.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Instead of Wednesday's comic, this is what will be put up. I'm sharing it now because reasons. Rip Harold Ramis :_( pic.twitter.com/bV8daK8PD2
— Ash Vickers (@Mega_Ashra) February 25, 2014
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis
passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and
director. A wonderful husband and dad.
Big loss to us all. bc
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Egon was my favourite Ghostbuster. »
Legendary comedy filmmaker, and one quarter of the Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis, has died aged 69. Ramis was best known as Dr. Egon Spengler, the most level-headed of the Ghostbusters, a film that he also wrote alongside co-star Dan Aykroyd. Released in 1984, a sequel followed in 1988 and a third film has been talked about for decades.
When not busting ghosts, Ramis tried his hand at writing, directing, and sometimes both. Probably his most cherished film was 1993′s Groundhog Day, a film in which his Ghostbusters co-star, Bill Murray, played a man reliving the same day over and over again. Ramis also directed Caddyshack, Analyze This and its sequel Analyze That, as well as other films and acting appearances such as the role of Seth Rogen’s father in Knocked Up.
Ramis, surrounded by his family, died at 12:53 am on 24th February 2014. The cause of death was complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler
Ramis played Dr Egon Spengler, collector of spores, molds and fungus, in Ghostbusters, which he also co-wrote. His other credits as screenwriter include Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Animal House and Analyze That. He also produced and directed several films, and even recorded songs for film soundtracks.
Starting out in Chicago, he spent time as a teacher and mental health worker, writing plays on the side before securing a job as a joke writer at Playboy. He went on to join the likes of Bill Murray, John Belushi and Christopher Guest on the National Lampoon radio show and revue before moving into film.
Ramis first became ill four years ago with the rare condition, in which the body's own immune system attacks blood vessels, causing inflammation that can. »
- Jennie Kermode
7 items from 2014
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