Harold Ramis dies

Harold Ramis dies

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Director Harold Ramis arrives for the world premiere of "Year One" at Lincoln Square Monday, June 15, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) Director Harold Ramis arrives for the world premiere of "Year One" at Lincoln Square Monday, June 15, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Comedy legend Harold Ramis, best known for his classic role in the “Ghostbusters” films, has died. He was 69.

Ramis suffered from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease that causes swelling in the blood vessels, and died from complications of the illness surrounded by his family.

"His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him," his agent said in a written statement.

Ramis' Hollywood breakthrough came in 1978 when he co-wrote the blockbuster comedy "National Lampoon's Animal House." He went on to co-write "Stripes" (1981), "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Ghostbusters II" (1989), films in which he also co-starred.

Ramis co-wrote and made his directorial debut with "Caddyshack" (1980), followed by "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983).

He most recently directed episodes of “The Office.”

Among his professional honors and awards, Ramis was the recipient of the American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award, and the BAFTA (British Academy) award for screenwriting.

Ramis is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and children Violet Stiel, Julian and Daniel Ramis. He also has two grandchildren.

A sampling of his work:

Multiplicity (Director, Producer, Screenwriter)

Groundhog Day (Director, Producer, Screenwriter)

Ghostbusters (Screenwriter, Actor)

National Lampoon's Vacation (Director)

Stripes (Screenwriter, Actor)

Caddyshack (Director, Screenwriter)

Meatballs (Screenwriter)

National Lampoon's Animal House (Screenwriter)

Analyze This (Director, Screenwriter)


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