Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014)
Today we heard the sad news that Harold Ramis died in his Chicago home from complications arising from vasculitis. He was an actor, director, and writer. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981) he also co-wrote both movies. As a writer-director, his films include the Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was one of three screenwriters for the film National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).
The first time I saw Harold Ramis was as one of the original cast members of the Canadian television sketch comedy show SCTV where he also served as head writer. Today many will talk about his work on the big screen, so I’d like to focus on his early work for the small screen.