RIP Harold Ramis, American comedy legend

Ghost hunters. Groundhog Day. Caddyshack. national pamphlet. Meatballs. Grooves. Writer/director/actor Harold Ramis has built a huge legacy, since roaming the Second City improv theater with names like Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd and Ivan Reitman. ramis died in the night at 69, from a rare autoimmune inflammatory disease he contracted in 2010.

Ramis will be best remembered for his role as the science-junkie/Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler, and for his writer/director credits on Caddyshack, National Lampoon, Analyze This and groundhog day, for which he won a BAFTA. Most recently, he played Seth Rogan’s extremely lovable dad in Knocked up.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Judd Apatow (Freaks & Geeks, Presenter, Bridesmaids, Girls, Knocked Up) has called Ramis’ films the touchstones of our lives. “Harold Ramis has done almost every movie that made me want to be a comedy director,” he said. “I admired him as a director, but even more as a man. We hired him to play Seth’s father in knocked up because we all saw him as the dad of our dreams – funny, warm and wise. Harold was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and inspired countless people to get into comedy. Her brilliant work will make people happy forever.

For proof of that, look no further than this: this time he paired Bill Murray with a groundhog.

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