For close to half a century Harold Ramis was a beacon within the world of comedy. Ramis wrote/cowrote these American favorites: National Lampoon’s Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Analyze This. His talents did not stop there, he also directed Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day and Analyze This.
Ramis often worked with high profile comedy talents of his generation, most notably and closely Bill Murray. “He earned his keep on this planet,” said Murray in a statement. “God bless him.” Ramis also directed many episode of the recent hit series The Office. There has been an overwhelming response from his community of colleagues:
So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and more.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 24, 2014
Like so many of us, I am stunned and grieved by the passing of my friend Harold Ramis. I can’t wrap my head around it. Here and then gone…
— Chevy Chase (@ChevyChaseToGo) February 25, 2014
Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis. Thank you. We love you. pic.twitter.com/gdEHBm9v8m
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 24, 2014
Very sad to hear about Harold Ramis. I was lucky enough to have him play my father in Knocked Up, and he was one of the coolest, nicest guys
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 25, 2014
Ramis’ death was caused by complications due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for four years. His malady is rather debilitating and painful.
It is quite apparent from those who worked with Ramis and knew him that he was always a light, warm, good-natured presence. Ramis always found a way to laugh and make us laugh.
Back in 2009 Ramis told the AP, “The best comedy touches something that’s timeless and universal in people. When you hit it right, those things last.”
Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, daughter, Violet Stiel, two sons, Julian and Daniel Ramis, and two grandchildren.
For close to half a century Harold Ramis was a beacon within the world of comedy. Ramis wrote/cowrote these American favorites: “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, “Caddyshack”, “Stripes”, “Ghostbusters”, “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This”. His talents did not stop there, he also directed “Caddyshack”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This”.