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February 24, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Harold Ramis, who directed such films as Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Animal House, died in Chicago today (Monday) of complications from a rare autoimmune disease. He was 69. Like many comedians who emerged in the 1970s, Ramis got his start as part of the Second City performers in Chicago. He later wrote for the syndicated SCTV (or Second City TV) TV show before coming to Hollywood — mostly to direct, but sometimes to appear in the string of hit comedies that made him and his former Chicago colleagues household names. Upon learning of his death, Dan Aykroyd wrote on his Facebook page: “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”