Influential Comedic Filmmaker/Actor Harold Ramis Passes Away

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Comedy writer, actor, and director Harold Ramis passed away on February 24, 2014, due to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that afflicts the body’s blood vessels. He was 69 years old.

Ramis was involved with some of all-time great film comedies, including National Lampoon’s Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, MeatballsGroundhog Day, and Heavy Metal (as the voice of Zeke). On the TV front, he was a head writer for the groundbreaking (and hilarious) SCTV sketch comedy series. Most recently, he directed four episodes of the U.S. version of The Office.

Pixar animator/story artist Austin Madison's tribute to Harold Ramis

Pixar animator/story artist Austin Madison’s tribute to Harold Ramis

His Ghostbusters character Dr. Egon Spengler, of which he was both writer and actor, lived on for many years in the animated series (though he did not voice the character) The Real Ghostbusters (1986-1991) and Extreme Ghostbusters (1997), along with Ghostbusters: The Video Game (which he returned to voice the character and write the script for).

Ramis’ friend Tim Kazurinsky told the Chicago Tribune:

“Harold was clearly the most successful comedy writer-director of all time. The number of films that he has made that were successful, that were blockbusters, nobody comes close. Even in light in of that, he was more successful as a human being.”

We at Animation Fascination send our condolences to the Ramis family and want to thank Harold for the laughs and the memories.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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