Harold Ramis’ Death: Justin Timberlake, Darren Criss + More Remember the ‘Ghostbusters’ Star
Today, Feb. 24, the world lost a comedy legend. Harold Ramis, the comedic actor, writer, and director most well-known known for his role in ‘Ghostbusters’ (and his writing and directing credits on ‘Groundhog Day,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Animal House,’ ‘Analyze This’ and more), died at the age of 69 due to a rare vascular disease.
Though Ramis’ biggest hits may have occurred in the ’80s and ’90s, younger fans may recognize him for his role as Seth Rogen’s dad in 2007′s ‘Knocked Up.’ He also wrote and directed the 2009 Jack Black/Michael Cera comedy ‘Year One’ and worked with Steve Carrell on ‘The Office.’
While a comedy, Ramis’ biggest hit, ‘Groundhog Day,’ is much more than that. The plot of the film — a weatherman forced to relive the same day until he gets it right — has gone on to become the basis of many philosophical and religious discussions, according to CNN. It’s clear that Ramis’ legacy lives on, but not just in film. He is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and their three kids.
Hollywood has been left devastated by the loss, and far and wide, celebrities — many of whom looked up to Ramis as the hero behind their favorite films — have taken to Twitter to express their sadness and recall the joy that Ramis had brought to their lives via film.
Caddyshack. Griswalds. Egon Spengler was always my favorite Ghostbuster. Genius. My condolences to Mr. Ramis's family. #RIPHaroldRamis
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 24, 2014
We'll miss ya Harold Ramis. Thanks for the iconic laughs & endless movie quotes that have made college dudes bond for generations. #DoReEgon
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis. Rest in peace.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 24, 2014
If you like to laugh, odds are you're a much bigger Harold Ramis fan than you might have known… RIP http://t.co/vJIU7ibgrq
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) February 24, 2014
If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 24, 2014
Devastated about Harold Ramis…Groundhog Day is my favorite movie of all time. He made people happy and influenced so many, including me.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 24, 2014
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) February 24, 2014