The comedy world has lost one of its greats today, February 24 — actor, writer, and director Harold Ramis died at the age of 69 early this morning as a result of complications surrounding autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
Harold is best known for co-writing and starring in Ghostbusters, Stripes, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Year One — the last three of which he also directed.
He also appeared in films like Airheads, As Good as It Gets, High Fidelity, and Knocked Up — and directed Caddyshack, Analyze This, Analyze That, and The Ice Harvest.
Additionally, he was the star and head writer for the seminal Canadian sketch comedy show Second City Television aka SCTV.
Furthermore, he mentored many comedic talents, including a very young Judd Apatow, who would collaborate with Harold on Knocked Up and Year One.
"When I was 15, I interviewed Harold for my high school radio station, and he was the person that I wanted to be when I was growing up," Judd tells the Chicago Tribune. "His work is the reason why so many of us got into comedy. We grew up on SCTV and Ghostbusters, Vacation, [National Lampoon's] Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs; he literally made every single one of our favorite movies."
Harold leaves behind his wife, Erica Mann, and their two children, Julian and Daniel — and his daughter, Violet, from his prior marriage to Anne Plotkin.
Source: Chicago Tribune