Harold Ramis Has Passed Away

Jason McDonald

Though his connection with horror is tenuous, at best, I feel that we should mention that actor/writer/director Harold Ramis has passed away at the age 0f 69.

Ramis is probably best known for portraying Egon Spengler in the 1984 film “Ghostbusters”, but his career extended well beyond that. As a writer he worked on such films as “Caddyshack”, “Animal House”, and “Stripes”.  Easily some of the best comedies of the 70s and 80s.  He also had a knack for directing, which included films like “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Groundhog Day”, and “Analyze This.”  Though his public image may always be “that scientist guy” in Ghostbusters, Ramis was an extremely talented individual who created many staples in our pop culture lexicon.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ramis’ health began to decline back in May of 2010 after a severe infection that forced him to relearn how to walk.  In 2011 he suffered a relapse of vaculitis, which is an inflammation of the blood vessels.  He was surrounded by his family when he finally passed away at 12:53 am.

The Chicago Tribune has a beautifully detailed write-up of the man’s life and career that you should read if you’re interested.  I wouldn’t be able to craft a finer tribute.  Thanks for all the laughs, Ramis.

Harold Ramis


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      1. Pamela Wilcox February 24, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        RIP, where did time go?

      2. Jennifer Campbell February 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        Sad news – he was so funny.

      3. Ady Bailamos February 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        RIP.. may Allah swt bless his soul.. Aameen

      4. Carla Leigh February 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm


      5. Luke Riley February 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

        Couldn’t be true

      6. Daniel Alvarez February 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm


      7. Gareth Cartwright February 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        Great actor & director, he made some class stuff.

      8. Christine Konowalchuk February 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Rip :(

      9. Freddy Silva February 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        The artist departs, but a legend is born.

      10. Cheri Tate February 24, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        To bad he passed away they were about to do another ghostbusters movie. Rip.

      11. Edmay Tasse February 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        Sad :(

      12. Robert O'Dell February 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm

        RIP. Russell Zisky from “Stripes”

      13. Noe Welceb February 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm


      14. Alejandro Garcia Castañeda February 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

        What a shame!

      15. Sean Carney February 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        it’s tragic, he was far to young

      16. ssj455 February 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

        Harold, say hello to Slimer. RIP