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R.I.P. Harold Ramis

A dark day for fans of the actor, director and writer of many great comedies, but none bigger to the golf world than his direction of Caddyshack.

According to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Caro, Harold Ramis died after a long battle with complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease. He was just 69.

Here is Ramis talking about Caddyshack in an AFI posted video talking about the Marx Brothers influence on the film:

Here's a 30-minute making of Caddyshack that has aired in recent years, not online and driven mostly by Ramis' insights.

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Reader Comments (21)

Damn! But they made the movie, so we got that going for us.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
A moment of silence is in order, RIP
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
rat farts
The list of his involvement as a writer, director, actor, producer is legendary; SCTV, Stripes, Animal House, Ghostbusters, The Ice Harvest (truly out of character for Ramis), Groundhog Day, Vacation, Club Paradise, Airheads, analyze This, Analyze That, The Office, Meatballs...............

Ramis was an original. Animal House and Caddyshack are cult classics, among others. He made a lot of people laugh.

02.24.2014 | Unregistered Commenterprincipal's nose
Sad day in Chicago. Everywhere else, too.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Loved his cameo as a doctor in "As Good as it Gets". He reminded me of Sydney Pollack in that I would see him in something and think he should be doing more acting.

Caddyshack is wonderful, aging perfectly. Does any other comedy occupy such a place in the lore of it's sport? Perhaps Slapshot.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Sorry to hear and he certainly brought a lot of laughs/joy to many, but I just never found Caddyshack to be in the classic category so many golf lovers seem to put it.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
Much respect. Hope he had total consciousness. Legend.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterStreaky Putter
Stripes still makes me laugh
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHackinator
"Double, secret probation" and Otis Day and the Knights!!
02.24.2014 | Unregistered Commenterprincipal's nose
The new obit trend is to say of people Ramis' age, "He was far too young!"
I don't think I'll ever see 69 as young. It's not ancient, but it's far from young.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGmail
Sweet, gentle, funny man. Very sad.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Groundhog Day alone gets him a ticket to heaven.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaude
I would have loved to have been able to sit down with this guy for about a day and share a couple pints with him. A very funny and brilliant guy who had a sense of humor like no other.

While we all know the Caddyshack movie, I still laugh at Animal House, Stripes, and Analyze This like the first time I saw them. Ramis put Rodney back in business by letting him ad lib his way through Caddyschack. Everyone else was just great support. Rodney was the star.

Could Caddyshack be the most quoted movie? "you'll have noting and like it". night putting? "thank you very little."

R.I.P. Mr. Ramis. I bet Rodney and Ted Knight are happy to see you.
What principal's nose said. +2
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
How 'bout a Fresca?
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBillB
Like the Beatles, his fame continued many years after his creative spark was shot. But what a creative spark it was.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGmail
Too young, far too young.

Via con Dios.
02.24.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Spaulding get your foot off the boat!!!

R.I.P. He will be missed. I remember him in Knocked Up...played the "stoner dad" to a T.
02.25.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
As one named after a quote from one of his classics, I agree with the sentiment....have 'wasted' many hours on his work.....the quotes alone are endless. And I also love Groundhog Day....a 'perfect' movie.
tighthead - it's near impossible to play a round of golf in Canada without hearing a quote from Caddyshack or Slapshot.
02.25.2014 | Unregistered Commentergwcanuck

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