Ghostbusters actor Harold Ramis (aka Egon) dies aged 69 5 years ago

Ghostbusters actor Harold Ramis (aka Egon) dies aged 69

The Chicago-born actor and director died today aged 69 after a long battle with illness.

According to, Ramis had been battling serious illness since May 2010, when he underwent surgery for diverticulitis, after which he suffered complications which left him unable to walk for some time and resulted in numerous lengthy spells in hospital.

Ramis appeared in a number of famous comedies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day (which he also wrote, directed and produced) and Knocked Up, while his directing credits include Caddyshack, Analyse This and the American version of The Office.

Ramis will perhaps be best remembered for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler, the most serious of the ghost-busting crew but also the one with easily the best hair, in both Ghostbusters films, which enjoyed great success and attracted a huge following in the mid to late 1980s.


He’ll be sorely missed.