Harold Ramis, the revered comedic actor and director who was behind such hits as Ghostbusters and National Lampoon’s Vacation, has died at the age of 69. Ramis was battling health issues in recent years and succumb to that battle early on Monday morning.
Ramis is perhaps best known for his work in 80s comedies with his collaborators Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. The trio helped create some of the classic comedies we revere today such as Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Stripes.
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.
It was a rough couple of years for Ramis and it was truly sad to watch a titan of the comedic filmmaking world deteriorate the way he was. But while the last few years of his life were tough, the work he leaves behind from his prime is some of the most classic comedy films we have ever seen.
You may not know Ramis’ name by heart, but the chances that you’ve seen one of his films is pretty high. From Caddyshack to Analyze This and all the other films he starred in, wrote or directed, he leaves behind a body of work that many in Hollywood envy.