Published On: Mon, Feb 24th, 2014

‘Ghostbusters’ ‘Stripes’ ‘Animal House’ creator Harold Ramis dead at 69

Actor, writer, director Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69.

Harold Ramis ghostbusters smirk photoRamis died early Monday morning at his Chicago-area home surrounded by family and friends, United Talent Agency confirmed to CBS News. He died from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition he battled for the past four years.

Ramis portrayed Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, a film he helped co-write. He also spent much of his career behind the camera — co-writing the blockbuster comedy National Lampoon’s Animal House and directing such films as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This, Analyze That and, more recently, a few episodes of The Office.

“There’s a pride in what I do that other people share because I’m local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one’s local,” Ramis said after his move back to Chicago during the release of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy Analyze This. “It’s a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way.”

His other acting credits include Stripes, Knocked Up, The Last Kiss and As Good as it Gets.

Ramis was the recipient of the American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award, and the BAFTA award for screenwriting.

In addition to his wife, Erica, Ramis is survived by sons Julian and Daniel, daughter Violet and two grandchildren.

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters.

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