Actor-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.
Harold Ramis directed The Office Christmas episode S3, and it was so good we just made it an hour long so we wouldn’t have to cut anything.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 24, 2014