Harold Ramis Has Died

Harold Ramis, perhaps best known as the stoic Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, has died at the age of 69. He suffered from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which had nearly debilitated him in 2010. Ramis could pretty much be considered the king of 1980s comedy, having written, produced, directed or starred in a string of hits and classics, from National Lampoon's Animal House and the first Vacation film, to Caddyshack, to the aforementioned Ghostbusters, to Groundhog's Day.

For me however, his enduring contribution and greatest influence was his role as head writer and part of the ensemble in the early years of the masterpiece that was SCTV. It was there that he honed his comedic talents, and his character work, before graduating to the films that would inspire the comedians working today. His name attached to a project promised a pedigree, even if his most recent films failed to live up to the work of the past. 

On a personal note, I've written far too many obituaries lately.
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