Actor Harold Ramis, who was best known for his role in the classic movie Ghostbusters, died this morning at the age of 69.
The actor was suffering from a rare blood disease called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which resulted in his death earlier today.
Harold started his career by writing parodies while in college in Chicago, where he was born. Early on he met John Belushi and his future co-star Bill Murray after joining the comedy group Second City.
The trio worked on The National Lampoon Radio Hour when Ramis landed an opportunity to co-write the 1978 comedy film National Lampoon’s Animal House, starring Belushi.
Ramis and Murray became good friends and worked together on several projects, including their hit movies Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. Ramis usually worked as a director on their hit movies, and also wrote 1999 hit comedy Analyze This starring Robert De Niro and Billy Cristal.
However, Harold’s greatest role was as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters in 1984. His other notable appearance includes his role as Russell Ziskey in 1981’s Stripes, again collaborating with Murray.
Second City founder Bernie Sahlins once said about Ramis, “He’s the least changed by success of anyone I know in terms of sense of humor, of humility, sense of self. He’s the same Harold he was 30 years ago. He’s had enormous success relatively, but none of it has gone to his head in any way.”
Rest in peace Harold.