TIME obituary

Harold Ramis, Writer Of Ghostbusters, Dies Aged 69

Director Harold Ramis in Hollywood in 1984.
Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images Director Harold Ramis in Hollywood in 1984.

Best known for his work in the classic comedies Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and National Lampoon's Vacation, Ramis died from complications due to a rare autoimmune disease at age 69

Renowned comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis of Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters fame died Monday from complications due to a rare autoimmune disease.

Ramis, 69, was probably best known for writing and co-starring in Ghostbusters (1984) as the character of Egon Spengler. But he was an immensely successful comedy writer and director too, responsible for classic comedies Caddyshack (1980) starring Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray; National Lampoon’s Vacation starring Chevy Chase (1983) and Groundhog Day (1993), also starring Murray.

He began his career on Second City’s pathbreaking television series Second City Television (1976-79) as first head writer, and he more recently directed episodes of NBC’s The Office. The writer, director and actor had fallen ill in May 2010 with autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, reports the Los Angeles Times.

[LA Times]

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