Harold Ramis: A Life of Laughter in Film

The star of "Ghostbusters" also wrote "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."
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His name rarely top the marquee the chances are held Ramos made you laugh. For nearly four decades from the mid seventies to today rain has started -- in some of the biggest comedy hits of his generation. And while he's best known for his role as doctor. 1984 hit comedy ghostbusters. But something very important -- Kelly and again and its sequel five years later it was his work as a rider that made Ramos a star. His Hollywood breakthrough came in 1978. When he co wrote -- comedy classic national -- animal house. -- is -- until you decided if he co wrote 1981 strike starring Bill Murray. And crops -- Partnership that would span the years but it wasn't just his acting and writing that -- Harold -- a Hollywood icon. He was also a director making his debut in 1980s caddy shack and then calling the shots and national -- -- -- vacation. In 1993 a smashing success again with his house Bill Murray. In Groundhog Day and most recently multiple episodes of TV's hit show the office. -- raised in Chicago Ramos went to school in Saint Louis getting his degree at Washington University. But -- returned to Chicago after graduation and join the city's famed second city theater troupe. Raymond suffered from an autoimmune disease that causes swelling in the blood vessels. He died this morning he's survived by his wife Erika -- -- three children and two grandchildren. Longtime friend and comedy collaborator Dan Aykroyd released this statement. I'm deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant gifted funny friend co writer performer and teacher herald -- May he now get the answers he was always seeking. Herald arraignments with 69.

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