Friends, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that Harold Ramis passed away today at 69. Possibly most famous for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters franchise he of course also was the writer for Animal House, SCTV, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Back to School, Club Paradise, and Groundhog Day to name a few.
Ramis while getting his start at Second City, had a brief stint as the joke writer for the Playboy magazine. Harold would leave Second City to return again in 1972 where he found the comedian that had filled his spot was none other than John Belushi, the two would eventually group up with Bill Murray and head to New York City to work on the National Lampoon Radio Hour. Ramis would leave again to join SCTV where he would be made Head writer for the 1976 – 1979 seasons, and after that he would leave that show to get his start in writing scripts for films.
We have lost a great comedic voice, “Dim the lights in the auditorium.”
[Via] Jimmy Smith
[Via] The Official SCTV