We are truly sad to share the news that writer, director, producer, actor and all-around comedy champion Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69.
As a director, Ramis gave the world Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, Analyze This, Bedazzled, The Ice Harvest and several more. As a writer he gave us Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs, Armed and Dangerous, and SCTV. As an actor, outside of his own films, he stole scenes in Knocked Up, Orange County and As Good As It Gets.
Basically, if you were alive and watching movies from the early '80s onward, Harold Ramis taught you a new master class in comedy and character every few years-- and those lessons become mainstays that you could watch over and over and over without losing a drop of appreciation. Few filmmakers have had as wide an impact on not just audiences, but the industry, as he. His love for grounding everyday, relatable men and women into larger-than-life scenarios gave him a distinct brand of American humor that won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Ramis passed away in Chicago, where he'd been living since the '90s, from complications due to an autoimmune inflammatory vasculities. He was surrounded by his family, and our hearts go out to them.
For more, we point you toward the Chicago Tribune, whose obituary on the legendary filmmaker is filled with wonderful quotes and anecdotes from his contemporaries.
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