TRIBUTE: Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

on February 24, 2014

The entire staff of BoxOffice mourns the passing of Harold Ramis, who passed away overnight from complications due to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69.

The comedic legend leaves behind a legacy whose impact will be felt for years to come. Ramis directed such classics as Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day and Analyze This. He also starred in two Ghosbusters films, Stripes and offered up supporting turns in hits such as As Good As It Gets and Knocked Up.

In addition to performing with Chicago's Second City, his credits also included writing on National Lampoon's Animal House. Ramis collaborated with a number of the most iconic comedians of his generation, including John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray. His recent work included directing stints on episodes of TV's The Office.

Popular filmmakers of today, such as Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler, often cite Ramis as one of the most influential figures that inspired them to pursue their careers in comedy.

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