Harold Ramis dies: 'Ghostbusters,' 'Groundhog Day' actor, writer and director was 69
Having suffered from serious autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis since at least 2010, complications from the disease -- which swells blood vessels -- led to Ramis' death just after midnight on Monday (Feb. 24). He was at his home in Chicago at the time.
Starting out on "SCTV" in the 1970s, Ramis quickly found success in the film world, both as an actor and a writer. He penned "National Lampoon's Animal House" in 1978 and soon followed with "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters." Ramis was also beginning his long-running directing career at this time with "Caddyshack" (1980) and "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983).
Also an actor -- most notably playing the nerdy Egon Spengler in "Ghostbusters" -- writing and directing brought Ramis his greatest fame. He is credited with both jobs for films like "Groundhog Day" (1993) and "Analyze This" (1999). More recently, Ramis directed four episodes of "The Office."
Here's one of Ramis' best-known moments on screen as Egon in "Ghostbusters," followed by a very funny throwaway joke from "Stripes," which he also wrote: