Harold Ramis Dead at 69; SCTV Alum Directed Multiple Office Episodes

SCTV Panel Discussion in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Second CityActor-writer-director-Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, who began his career as a scribe-performer on SCTV and who went on to helm four episodes of NBC’s The Office (including Part 2 of Pam’s childbirth), died Monday morning from complications stemming from autoimmune disease. He was 69.

In addition to Ghostbusters, Ramis’ big-screen acting credits included Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation (which he also directed), Groundhog Day (directed as well) and As Good As It Gets.

Ramis was also a prolific screenwriter, having penned Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day.

He is survived by his wife Erica and sons Julian and Daniel.

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  1. haukmoor says:

    RIP You will be missed

  2. Kevin in CT says:

    RIP Mr. Ramis, you were as great behind the camera as you were in front of it.

  3. K. says:

    Sad! Great talent!

  4. N says:

    RIP I loved him!

  5. Tom says:

    Groundhog Day was a masterpiece.

  6. rockgolf says:

    SCTV, Animal House, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day.

    Ramis was more responsible for the current trend in comedy than perhaps anyone else.

  7. mandy says:

    What a legend gone too soon :( his legacy will live on for generations & keep them laughing.

    Didn’t he also have a daughter, Violet, with his first wife?

  8. Whatevah says:

    This makes me sad. I love him. RIP

  9. Leigh says:

    So talented. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort.

  10. Olivia says:

    How sad… RIP Mr Ramis.

  11. Anna says:

    Stripes is still a favorite of mine. RIP Mr. Ramis. A great talent, indeed.

  12. gregk says:

    Animal House remains my all time favorite comedy. Used to watch with our son and we had memorized most every line and spoke them whenever we rewatched it. Ghostbusters was perhaps my second fav, made all the more memorable because Ramis was in it too.

  13. Sheila says:

    All the work he’s done, reduced to a headline about directing episodes of The Office?

    • Tom says:

      Well this is TVLine, so they put the TV stuff he was responsible for. Else we get trolls griping about “Why is this on a TV site??” Have to feed the internet beast, where everyone bitches about something, after all.