Second City veteran Harold Ramis, known for co-writing and acting in Ghostbusters, has died.
The 69-year-old writer, actor and comedian died of complications from a rare autoimmune disease, Ramis’ attorney Fred Toczek told The Associated Press on Monday.
Ramis was a longtime Chicago resident who was heavily involved in the improv comedy troupe Second City, working alongside John Belushi and Bill Murray. Ramis eventually moved to Los Angeles for work, including directing Groundhog Day, but returned to the Windy City later in life.
He was the first head writer on SCTV, and co-wrote the movies Ghostbusters and National Lampoon’s Animal House as well as Stripes, Caddyshack and Meatballs.
He also co-starred in Ghostbusters, playing Dr. Egon Spengler, and Stripes, where he played Russell Ziskey.
He also directed Analyze This, Caddyshack, and multiple episodes of The Office.
Ramis is survived by his three children and his wife, Erica Mann Ramis.
With files from The Associated Press