Harold Ramis R.I.P.

Harold Ramis aka Ghostbuster Egon „Print is dead“ Spengler, Schauspieler und Regisseur einiger der besten Komödien ever, ist heute an den Folgen einer Autoimmunerkrankung gestorben, der Mann wurde 69 Jahre alt. Ramis hat mit Groundhog Day und National Lampoons Vacation zwei meiner Alltime-Fav Komödien gedreht und schrieb mit seinem Kollegen Dan Akroyd die Ghostbusters-Filme. R.I.P. Harold, ich schau jetzt eine Runde Ghostbusters auf Dich.

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.

Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69 (via The Verge)