Harold Ramis dead at 69

Harold Ramis dead at 69

“Who you gonna call?” That iconic question and its equally iconic answer  — “Ghostbusters” — were calling cards for that film’s costar and director, Harold Ramis, who died today at 69.

A writer as well as an actor and director, Ramis numbers among his other film credits “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Stripes” (1981) “Caddyshack” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Groundhog Day” (1993), and “Analyze This” (1999).

He also worked in TV, as head writer on Second City’s groundbreaking series “Second City Television (SCTV)” (1976-79) and directed episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”

He died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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