Harold Ramis has died at 69


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Jan 4, 2002
Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with "Groundhog Day" acquiring almost instant classic status upon its 1993 release and 1984's "Ghostbusters" ranking among the highest-grossing comedies of all time, but the writer-director wanted to return to the city where he’d launched his career as a Second City performer.

“There's a pride in what I do that other people share because I'm local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one's local,” Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy “Analyze This,” another hit. “It's a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way.”

Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.

Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), “Stripes” (1981) and “Ghostbusters” (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as “Caddyshack” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This.”

Previously he was the first head writer (and a performer) on Second City’s groundbreaking television series “Second City Television (SCTV)” (1976-79). More recently he directed episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”

I really think his work was under appreciated.


macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
Agreed, very under appreciated. RIP Harold. Thanks for the many, many, many laughs.


macrumors 6502
Apr 23, 2011
this is sad news. i was looking forward to his involvement in the next Ghostbusters.


macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
You know you were a comedy genius when Stripes is only like your 6th funniest movie.



macrumors 601
Jun 16, 2008
You know you were a comedy genius when Stripes is only like your 6th funniest movie.

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I was just about to mention Stripes. That movie was pure gold, and I don't believe anyone was caught in 1984 not wearing a Ghostbusters shirt. I didn't get a chance to see Groundhog Day (will now), but Stripes and Ghostbusters have always been in my movie collection.

Funnily enough, a movie theater here in town has been having 80s throwback nights every friday for the past 2 months, and Ghostbusters has been one of the movies shown, especially with this year being the 30th anniversary of it. I'll have to catch it in the theaters again.

RIP, Mr. Ramis.