Ghostbusters was my favorite thing in the whole world during my elementary school days. I had all the toys, my friends and I would all pretend we were Ghostbusters, and I watched both movies incessantly. Goodbye, Harold Ramis. Not only did he co-write Ghostbusters, but his fantastic dead-pan performance as Egon Spengler in both films was spot on. We believed him as a character because of how seriously he took everything, and we laughed because of how seriously he took everything.
And Ramis’ directorial efforts have created many of the finest comedies ever, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This, four episodes of The Office (from when it was good), Multiplicity (sue me, I love that film) and, of course, his crowning achievement, Groundhog Day. He will be missed.
I shall dig out my old proton pack in his honor…