Nation & World News

Harold Ramis, ‘Ghostbuster’ Actor And ‘Groundhog Day’ Director, Dies

By Mark Memmott on February 24th, 2014

Harold Ramis, who was in the director’s chair for the comedies Groundhog Day and Caddyshack and was one of the stars of the Ghostbuster movies, has died. He was 69.

His wife, Erica Mann Ramis, tells the Chicago Tribune that her husband, who lived in Chicago, “was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. [Monday] from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.”

The Associated Press also confirmed the news with Ramis’ attorney, Fred Toczek.

As the Tribune says:

“Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as National Lampoon’s Animal House (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), Stripes (1981) and Ghostbusters (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day and Analyze This. …

“Ramis’ comedies were often wild, silly and tilting toward anarchy, but they also were cerebral and iconoclastic, with the filmmaker heeding the Second City edict to work at the top of one’s intelligence.”

He influenced many younger actors and directors, the Tribune adds, including Judd Apatow, Jay Roach and Adam Sandler.

In 2005, Ramis talked with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about his work. Of Caddyshack, he said, “I had this notion of [it] being like a Marx Brothers movie, and Rodney [Dangerfield] was the Groucho of the team.”

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. He Died At Home:

“Ramis passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago area home, where he and wife, Erica Mann Ramis, have lived since 1996,” according to a statement sent to reporters by United Talent Agency, which represented the actor/director. “In addition to his wife Erica, Ramis is survived by sons Julian and Daniel, daughter Violet and two grandchildren.”

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Thailand Blocks Access To Damaging Human Rights Report

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said this week that six months after a coup toppled the country’s elected government, the regime arrests its opponents and censors the media.


WTO Members Approve Historic Trade Deal

The World Trade Organization’s 160 members unanimously approved a first-ever multilateral trade deal which the group believes will boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.


Women gather in the courtyard at the home of the two young victims' family in the village of Katra Sahadatganj in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.  India's largest state is under pressure to address atrocities against women.

Indian Investigators Deny Village Girls Were Raped, Murdered

Villagers said the two “untouchable” caste girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in May, but the country’s equivalent of the FBI now says there was no rape and that they hanged themselves.


A closed circuit security camera shows Afghan security forces responding to an attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

Attacks In The Afghan Capital Kill 5

A suicide bomb attack on a British diplomatic vehicle killed five people, including a British national. Later, a blast and gunfire were heard in the city’s diplomatic area.


The lowest gas prices in years are seen Wednesday on a fuel sign in Lawrence, Kan. A day later, OPEC decided to maintain current production levels, virtually ensuring continued low prices at the pump.

Oil Prices Tumble After OPEC Holds Firm On Output

Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Austria could not agree to cut production in an effort to stabilize global crude prices.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments