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'Ghostbusters,' 'SCTV' Star Harold Ramis Dies at 69


'Ghostbuster,' 'SCTV' star Harold Ramis Dies at 69


Comedy legend Harold Ramis, best known for his roles in such classic films as 'Ghostbusters' and 'Stripes,' died Monday morning from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease he battled for four years. He was 69 years old. 

The Chicago-born Ramis got his start in comedy at the famed Second City improv comedy theatre in his hometown, where he would meet his friends, and frequent collaborators, Bill Murray, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. When the comedy troupe launched its landmark TV series, 'SCTV,' in the late '70s, Ramis was the show's first head writer, as well as a regular cast member. 

Ramis' big Hollywood break came in 1978 when he co-wrote 'National Lampoon's Animal House,' starring Belushi. He would go on to co-write and star in some of the most beloved comedies of the '80s, including 'Stripes,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Ghostbusters II.'

Throughout his career, Ramis would mix his screenwriting, acting, producing and directing roles. Probably everything you laughed at, Ramis was apart of. Love 'Groundhog Day'? Ramis wrote and directed that. 'Analyze That'? Yep, that was Ramis, too. As were the comedy classics, 'Caddyshack,' and 'Meatballs.' In recent years, Ramis also directed four episodes of NBC's 'The Office' and the film 'Year One.'

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, his children Julian, Daniel and Violet and two grandchildren.

- SCTV Network 90
- Harold Ramis

Written by: briannehogan
Feb 24th, 2014, 5:27 pm

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Since: 13/Oct/07
Message Posted On Feb 26th, 2014, 11:13 pm

A moronic young person? Really.. THAT'S your insult? Ha.. I'll take it. I was stating my opinion about being old, not scientific facts. I don't need to make science my bitch, looks like you've already filled that role.


Message Posted On Feb 25th, 2014, 10:07 pm
Honestly guys, really? I know this is an internet comments section, but is there really a need to turn an obituary post into an argument about politics and economics? This hardly seems like an appropriate forum in which to do that.

Message Posted On Feb 25th, 2014, 5:37 am
"That is why the retirement age is being raised." Wrong. It is being raised because the number of workers is far lower than the number of retirees. I think it sits something like four workers for every retiree. When SS was started it was forty five workers for every retiree. Even at that you are not speaking of retirement age but age to collect SS. Due to a crappy economy people are working longer, thus screwing the young out of gainful employment. SS only relationship to age is the idea the later you collect the less money you will receive. Big Gov has been robbing the fund since inception. SS and Medicare are two of the governments most successful programs. Unfortunately they are now funded by government IOU's. Essentially your tax money has been stolen and pumped into other not so successful programs.

Message Posted On Feb 25th, 2014, 5:28 am
tinalessia , Spoken like a true moronic young person. Get back when you hit your late fifties and state how old you feel. "Worldwide, the average life expectancy at birth was 71.0 years (68.5 years for males and 73.5 years for females) over the period 2010–2013 according to United Nations World Population Prospects 2012 Revision, and 70.7 years (68.2 years for males and 73.2 years for females) for 2009 according to The World Factbook" Make Science your bitch and you will never be confused by facts again. For everyone else who thinks old age is fun and just like tv, go visit a nursing home. Where do you think all those elderly are housed? How many do you think are happy with their lives being simply maintained? Quality of life does not equate with longevity.

Message Posted On Feb 25th, 2014, 2:25 am
"Don't be afraid of no ghosts". RIP. 69 is not old by today's standards. I expect most folk to reach 80 and beyond. Government around the world think so too. That is why the retirement age is being raised.

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Since: 13/Oct/07
Message Posted On Feb 24th, 2014, 10:10 pm

 remember him best from Stripes... Sorry he's gone... To Anonymous... 69 is old??? But you remember Reagan quite well, don't you? You're either a well read 12 yr old or just a ignorant adult.


Message Posted On Feb 24th, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sad he is gone, but 69 is fucking old.Could be worse, he could have gone all dementia like Reagan. Luckily he went out well remembered and not reviled or forgotten as so many others. Anyone have Jagger somewhere in the trinity of famous deaths?

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Message Posted On Feb 24th, 2014, 7:32 pm

Such a huge loss. Ghostbusters is one of the most entertaining films ever IMO, and Groundhog Day is also terrific. He'll be missed.


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Message Posted On Feb 24th, 2014, 7:24 pm

such tragedy he was a very talented actor rest in peace mr ramis



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Message Posted On Feb 24th, 2014, 5:54 pm

It's a sad sad day!

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