It is with very heavy heart we have to say goodbye to Harold Ramis.

For those that do not know him, he was a very successful comedy filmmaker.  He started in Second City here in Chicago and went on to direct such classics as Groundhog Day, Analyze This, and Ghostbusters.  He even played Egon Spangler in Ghostbusters.

He passed away surrounded by family from a rare autoimmune disorder.

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), “Stripes” (1981) and “Ghostbusters” (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as “Caddyshack” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This.”

Previously he was the first head writer (and a performer) on Second City’s groundbreaking television series “Second City Television (SCTV)” (1976-79). More recently he directed episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”

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