Sad news broke Monday morning that actor/writer/director Harold Ramis died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis told the Chicago Tribune. He was 69.
As an actor, Ramis is best known for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters, which ranks as one of the top-grossing comedies of all time, as well as the sequel Ghostbusters II.
However, it was his directorial debut with the 1980 slapstick comedy Caddyshack that put Ramis on the map as one of the truly great comedic writer/directors in Hollywood. Throughout his career, Ramis wrote and directed some of the memorable timeless comedies including Animal House (writer), Back To School (writer), National Lampoon’s Vacation (director) Groundhog Day (writer/director), Analyze This (writer/director) and the list goes on.
A talented comedic force behind the camera, Ramis had he fair share of memorable roles on camera as well. To remember his life and impact on comedies that have influenced generations to come, here’s a look at some of Ramis’ five funniest roles on screen.
Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981):
Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984):
And in Ghostbusters II (1989):
Dean Don Durkett in Orange County (2002):
Ben’s dad in Knocked Up (2007):
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