The tributes to legendary comedy star Harold Ramis (“Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack,” “Animal House,”) continue to pour in after Ramis died on Monday at age 69 from a rare autoimmune disease.
“Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America’s greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago’s Second City. When we watched his movies – from ‘Animal House’ and ‘Caddyshack’ to ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.”
Meanwhile, longtime collaborator Bill Murray ticked off the projects to Time Magazine that he and Ramis had worked on together: “Meatballs,” “Stripes,” “Groundhog Day,” etc. “He earned his keep on this planet,” Murray said. “God bless him.”
Stephen Colbert signed off his Comedy Central late-night show by saying, “America lost a funny man today with the passing of Harold Ramis.”
“You may not know that through the movies he wrote or directed, he made your life better. You’ve been quoting his films and the things he wrote for years.” Colbert said. “Now, I’m not a comedian, but if I was, as a young bookish man with glasses looking for a role model, I might have picked Harold Ramis.”
More celebrities also spoke out about Ramis on Twitter:
Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis, the Buddha of Comedy. Brilliant, humble, radiant. We’ve lost an icon. #GroundhogDay
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) February 24, 2014
No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 24, 2014
If a Twinkie represents amount of grief I feel when someone dies, Harold Ramis’ death would be a Twinkie 35 feet long weighing 600 pounds.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 24, 2014
Egon was my favorite Ghostbuster. Feels like we lost one of the Beatles.
— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) February 24, 2014