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Monday, February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis, the legendary comedic writer, director and actor, died in his North Shore home in Chicago Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ramis, 69, died from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that causes blood vessels to swell. He was best known for co-writing and acting in the 1984 classic Ghostbusters alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. He also wrote the screenplays for Groundhog Day, Stripes and Caddyshack.


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wow.....I loved his work as an actor and director.

#1 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-24 12:53 PM | Reply | Flag:


"we are willing to learn"

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-24 12:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ahhh too bad. This guy gave me a lot of laughs. I still quote him on a weekly basis. He even picked a funny age to die. 69. ha.

Something about this scene was perfect:

Dr Ray Stantz: You know, it just occurred to me that we really haven't had a successful test of this equipment.
Dr. Egon Spengler: I blame myself.
Dr. Peter Venkman: So do I.
Dr Ray Stantz: Well, no sense in worrying about it now.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-02-24 01:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Russell: Do the words "Act of War" mean anything to you?
Winger: I have.... a plan.
Russell: Great! Custer had a plan.

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-02-24 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

First saw him on SCTV. RIP.

#5 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-24 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

egon is gone...

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-24 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag:


#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2014-02-24 01:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can't think of a better life lived that to have made so many people laugh so often. God Speed Harold Ramis.

#8 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-02-24 01:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

"This is Harold Ramis speaking for the management of Second City Television. SCTV recognizes its responsibility to the community, and condemns the excessive use of explicit sexual material in television today. We do, however, love violence, so parental discretion _is_ advised in viewing the following program. Viewers will note, however, that the attitudes and opinions reflected in this program do not reflect the views of the management of this station, the producers of this program, the writers, the actors, or indeed, anyone in the audience. So if you're thinking of suing or phoning in complaints, don't bother. This program is produced in Argentina and then dubbed into English. Besides, if you're all that sensitive, you just don't have to watch the program! I mean you've got arms, why don't you get up and change the channel? See who's on Merv Griffin, that's about your speed, isn't it? Nothing offensive about old Merv! Take your parental disc... [Ramis is pulled off the screen by a giant hook]"

#9 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-24 01:22 PM | Reply | Flag:


i dearly dearly hope that someone bakes a 35 foot long, 600 pound twinkie and brings it to his funeral.

#10 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-24 01:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

egon lives.

And the fun of some idiots giving a horse a heart attack in the deans office will never end.

RIP Ramis.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-24 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Bringing smiles and laughter into so many lives so often - an enviable legacy.

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-02-24 01:45 PM | Reply | Flag:


Ramis on HMOs.

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-24 01:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Thanks for the laughs. Goodnight, funnyman.

Groundhog Day has proven to be one of those movies that gets deeper the more you think about it.

Watch a Short Video in Which Harold Ramis Explains the Metaphors of Groundhog Day


#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-02-24 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good stuff, LEE.

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-24 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

A well done interview with HR.


#16 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-02-24 02:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

At any given time of the day or week, search your cable system to see how many Ramis-written-and/or-directed movies will play within the next forty-eight hours.

You'll not only find the subversive classics that made his name (Animal House, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack),

the secondary cultural landmarks (Ghostbusters, Back to School, National Lampoon's Vacation), the masterpiece (Groundhog Day),

or even the more recent commercial successes (Analyze This);

you'll also see stuff like Bedazzled and Multiplicity -- films you might be surprised to find yourself laughing through if you take the time to watch them.

#17 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-02-24 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just going through some of his repertoire with my kids: Ghostbusters, Stripes, Meatballs, up next: Back to School. RIP

#18 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-24 02:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Someone makes a joke about this, I'll kill ya.
You don't pay your respects, I'll kill ya.
And any of you posters criticize his work, I'll kill ya.

#19 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-24 02:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

lighten up, crisis...

#20 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-24 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

You just made the list buddy.

#21 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-24 02:57 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

About Douglas Kenney's* death**, Harold Ramis famously quipped "Doug probably fell while he was looking for a place to jump".

* American writer and actor who co-founded National Lampoon magazine
** Kenney died on August 27, 1980, aged 33, after falling from a thirty-foot cliff called the Hanapepe Lookout on Kauai, HI.

#22 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2014-02-24 04:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Multiplicity -- films you might be surprised to find yourself laughing through if you take the time to watch them.

"Twelve!" -- Michael Keaton in Multiplicity

#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-24 04:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

**** He chose to end his days in Chicago..and in the Winter...OMG talk about a Scenario you wouldn't want to Relive!!!

#24 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-02-24 09:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't cross the streams!

Not sure who his teacher was but he was a true Zen Master of the Arts.

And prolific, too.

RIP roshi

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-24 11:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

19, 20 and 21

Perfectly done, boys.

#26 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2014-02-25 03:35 AM | Reply | Flag:


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