Influential comedy writer, actor, and director Harold Ramis passed away today at the age of 69, The Chicago Tribune reports.
This one hurts. Ramis might not be a household name anymore. It’s possible my generation knows him as Egon Spengler but not much else. It should be said, anyone would be lucky to be known for such an iconic role as Egon. It’s an incredible piece of comedic acting and character building by a vastly underrated talent.
But acting wasn’t even Ramis’ true strength. Ramis co-wrote Animal House, a true comedy classic. Then he directed Caddy Shack, maybe the funniest movie of all time and followed that by directing National Lampoon’s Vacation. Continuing his string of being connected to every good comedy of the 80’s he appeared in Stripes, co-wrote and starred in Ghost Busters, and brought in the 90’s by co-writing and directing Groundhog Day. Later, he’d co-write and direct Analyze This.
Harold Ramis was never as famous as a lot of the actors he worked beside. He was just the man behind a handful of the best comedies of the last 30 years. I’ll miss him.