LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Harold Ramis, a comedy film-maker perhaps best known for playing the role of Dr. Egon Spengler in “Ghostbusters,” died Monday.
While Ramis was indeed a comedy actor, his writing and directing credits were perhaps even more impressive.
He co-wrote the screenplay for 1978’s “Animal House” and collaborated on the scripts for and directed “Caddyshack” and Groundhog Day.”
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama released a touching statement about Ramis’s death, writing that his works accomplished more than simply making people laugh. Read it in its entirety below.
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.