Harold Ramis who co-wrote and co-starred in the classic Ghosterbusters and Ghostbusters II passed away yesterday. The comedy legend also wrote Animal House, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, and Meatballs. But to horror fans and kids of the 80s he will always be Egon, the parapsychologist who saved New York from a giant Stay Puft Man.
It is always a sad day when an actor known for a film as popular as Ghostbusters. When I heard the news, the first thing I thought after the initial shock wore off, is that news like this will become more and more prevalent as I get older. With Ramis the first star of the franchise to pass away it made me wonder what will happen when the news comes that someone like Annie Potts or Rick Moranis passes away? What will we do when we go to check facebook or the news and find that Sigourney Weaver is no longer with us?
So in memory of Harold Ramis I suggest to take a moment to watch Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. The laughs, scares and effects still hold up incredibly well. The original was released 30 years ago this June. Thank you Harold, for giving the world the third greatest gift, laughter.
Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are both currently available for streaming on Netflix.