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We all know him. We’ve seen his Caddyshack. We’ve seen him as Egon in Ghostbusters. Even us Millennials have seen his most recent films: Bedazzled, Year One and The Ice Harvest. Who else can put a better spin on these comedies than the well-loved, comedian Harold Ramis?
In the A.V. Club’s tribute, Ramis is described as of a clever comedian who used wit as his trademark. In his 1972 audition for Second City, Ramis discovered his strategic, almost brainy comedy compared to the brawny John Belushi, yet Ramis plunged headway into Hollywood with his first directed film Caddyshack in 1980. Four years later, Ramis starred as Egon in Ghostbusters before the sequel Ghostbusters II in 1989.
Ramis’ directing career continued to skyrocket with Groundhog Day, and Ramis bolstered his success with comedians from Bill Murray to Chevy Chase to Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro. Throughout his career, Ramis has created a legacy of comedy that will last for generations onward.
On this day, celebrities have mourned his death.
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all. bc
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Very, very sad to hear that Harold Ramis has died. He was a lovely man and I loved working with him. RIP xxx
— Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) February 24, 2014
So sad to hear about Harold Ramis. One of the all time greats.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 24, 2014
awful news about Harold Ramis. very sad, indeed.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) February 24, 2014
Like so many people, I grew up enjoying the laughter & charm that was Harold Ramis and his wonderful work ...so sad to hear that he's gone.
— David Hewlett (@dhewlett) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) February 24, 2014
Roger Craig Smith
Saddened to hear the news of Harold Ramis. "Yes have some---" one of my favorite lines of all time...
— Roger Craig Smith (@RogerCraigSmith) February 24, 2014
RIP the great Harold Ramis. Sleep well, fair Egon. pic.twitter.com/qrR032UtDZ
— Daniel Knauf (@Daniel_Knauf) February 24, 2014
Today we lost a true comedy genius- Harold Ramis. But more- we lost a kind & generous human being. I feel sad about both.
— Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis & John Hughes both felt being in Chicago helped make their films different & their humor a distinctive heart.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) February 24, 2014
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