Actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, who’s known for writing and directing “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day,” and co-writing and co-starring in “Ghostbusters,” has died at age 69.
JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:
The man best known onscreen for his role in "Ghostbusters" has died. 69-year-old actor and director Harold Ramis died from complications from a rare autoimmune disease. He wrote comedy classics like "Caddyshack," "Animal House" and "Groundhog Day." He also starred in several films, perhaps most notably as Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1984 hit "Ghostbusters."
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HOBSON: Ramis also starred in the military spoof "Stripes."
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HOBSON: Harold Ramis' wife, Erica, says he was surrounded by family when he died in Chicago. That's where he got started in comedy as head writer for "Second City Television."
From NPR and WBUR Boston, I'm Jeremy Hobson.
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