Actor Harold Ramis Dead at Age 69

Actor Harold Ramis Dead at Age 69

It is sad to report that Harold Ramis, who wore many hats in Hollywood such as an actor, a writer and also a director, has died at age of 69. Some of his films included Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog Day and Animal House. His death was reported to have been caused due to complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease. This was an illness that the actor had been reportedly fighting for nearly five years, stated the United Talent Agency, which had represented Ramis for a number of years.

For over four decades, Ramis had been a major lead in comedy. He was an expert actor of the Second City troupe from his hometown of Chicago and he had been a writer for Caddyshack and Analyze This, among many others. His movies mostly featured members from his age group of comedy talents.

Groundhog Day, was one of the many movies that Ramis wrote, directed and also had a role in, but before that film Ramis had served up a collection of comedies which now are considered to be representative of the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Some of them were mentioned in the above paragraphs and most of them ended up having Bill Murray as the star. Ramis had met him while the two of them were together in Chicago’s Second City. That was where Ramis also ended up meeting John Belushi, and who had a hit with Animal House.

Ramis came from Chicago and the world he put up on the screen did not represent the norm. That world always seemed to be extremely white, always male and boringly from the middle class. However his stories always seemed to grab enough attention of the public’s appeal to hit a worldwide nerve. Somehow Ramis’s work attempted to largely represent most of America. His movies ended up in some sort of productive middle ground that hovered between cultured and crude, wild and significant, mischievous and sweet. The films were basic comedies, in the most simple, reachable sense of the word.

That says a lot too when at a time in history that people now find their comedy by way of reality television and strange home videos, when what anyone seems to find humorous is as constricted and disjointed as how one decides what to eat or wear. When Ramis was making a movie, it helped people escape from reality for a couple hours and everyone was able to laugh at the same thing. Most upcoming movie watchers will remember Harold Ramis the best as being the co-star with Murray, especially in Ghostbusters. While looking at Ramis’s career causes individuals to remember on times that were somewhat more innocent and having less rough edges to them.

To repeat, tragically it is being reported that Harold Ramis, who wore many hats in Hollywood such as an actor, a writer and also a director, has died at age of 69. Some of his films included Ghostbusters, Stripes, Groundhog Day and Animal House. His death was reported to have been caused due to complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease. This was an illness that the actor had been fighting for nearly five years, stated the United Talent Agency, which had represented Ramis for a number of years.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

USA Today

The Washington Post

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