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Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

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Actor/Director/Writer Harold Ramis has passed away. He died with family and friends at his side. Ramis passed away from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He died at his North Shore Residence in Chicago. He moved back to Chicago in 1996 after living in Los Angeles. It was here in Chicago that he would launch his career as a performer with the Second City comedy group.

Ramis was a genius. His work as an actor would include Stripes, National Lampoon's Vacation, Ghostbusters, Baby Boom, Groundhog Day, just to name a few.

He would go on to direct many of our favorites Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog day, Multiplicity, Analyze This and Analyze That. Ramis was also the writer with such credits as Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Back to School, Meatballs and many more.

Ramis knew from the very early days that life for him had changed when he became a member of Second City. Working side by side with John Belushi he knew that he didn't have to be the zany guy he had been playing but to just let Belushi do what he did best and Ramis could pull up the slack.

Harold Ramis working with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and others would bring to the screen some of the best comedy ever seen.

Growing up and watching his movies in any way shape or form would bring you to tears sometimes because you just couldn't stop laughing.

Ramis leaves us with such a great supply of laughs he will be remembered for centuries to come. It is possible that when someone is watching his work in the future that they could easily say he was one of the best and will be sorely missed. R.I.P.

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