By Aglaia Staff

Acclaimed filmmaker Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69.

It is understood that the writer, director and actor, best known for his work on hit comedies such as Caddyshack, Club Paradise and Groundhog Day, died at 12.53am this morning. He also co-wrote and starred in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, playing the bookish ghost-hunter Egon Spengler.

t has been reported that he died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that affects the blood vessels. Ramis was diagnosed with the disease in 2010.

In a statement, his family said: “His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humour and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.”

During his 45-year career, the Chicago-born Ramis worked with a number of leading actors, including Bill Murray in army comedy Stripes, Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters and Chevy Chase in Ramis’ directorial debut, Caddyshack.

In 1997, he played Dr Martin Bettes alongside Jack Nicholson in the Oscar-winning film As Good as It Gets, directed by James L Brooks, and in 1999 he directed Robert De Niro in the gangster comedy, Analyze This.

Ramis told the Wall Street Journal in 2009: “My early movies were all about individuals against institutions, and empowering the underdogs. I always thought of our characters as smart rebels, as opposed to losers.”

Described by film producer Brian Glazer as “the father of the modern Hollywood comedy”, Ramis was inducted into the St Louis Walk of Fame in 2004 and was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award in 2005.

The last film he directed was historical comedy Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, which was released in 2009.

 

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