I love 80’s movies and one of my all time favorites 80’s movie is Ghostbusters. It had a good dose of humor, for one thing. I have sad news to report, though. Harold Ramis (AKA Dr. Egon Spengler) died at the age of 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis just before 1:00 a.m., his wife Erica told the Chicago Tribune.
His health started going downhill four years ago, and things got so bad that he even “had to learn how to walk all over again,” according to a family spokesperson.
He not only acted in movies, but he was also a writer, producer, and director. If you’ve seen Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This, or Caddyshack you’ve seen something that he’s directed. He’s also been a part of other movies in some shape or form, and his films have been some of the most highest grossing comedies in recent decades.
Tributes have been pouring in from Hollywood. Dan Akroyd has said, “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”
Ramis had directed some episodes of The Office, and Steve Carrell had this to say in a tweet: “Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you.”
“Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence in the field,” tweeted Seth McFarlane. “He will be sorely missed.”
Ramis’ last acting role was in 2009 as the dad to Seth Rogen’s character in Knocked Up. Rogen has stated that Ramis was one of the reasons he started doing comedy.