Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day” and “Caddyshack” has died at his home in Chicago at the age of 69.
He had been suffering from a rare vascular disease since 2010.
In 1993, he co-wrote, produced and directed “Groundhog Day,” about a TV weatherman, played by Bill Murray, who relives the same day over and over again.
Other films he co-wrote and directed include “Analyze This” in 1999, a comedy about a psychiatrist whose main patient is an insecure mobster. Starring Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal, it was followed two years later by a sequel, “Analyze That.”
Ramis received The American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA award for screenwriting.
He is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, his sons Julian and Daniel, a daughter Violet and two grandchildren.