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12 Heartwrenching Pieces Of Ghostbuster Fan Art In Memoriam Of Harold Ramis

Writer, producer, director, actor: Ramis defined comedy for a generation. So I guess all I have to say is, "Don't go! All the plants are gonna die!"

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2. I doubt there were many people who, whether they liked him or not, didn't respect him. Even fellow Chicagoan President Obama released a statement, quoting a line from Caddyshack.

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"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America's greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City. When we watched his movies – from "Animal House" and "Caddyshack" to "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day" – we didn't just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold's wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."

3. He was never afraid to tread new ground, broaching subjects that were taboo or not in the mainstream.

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"It's hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive. We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes. We attack the winners."

Image by Joe Roberts.

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