In some very sad news today, it's been reported that Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69. He was best known for his roles in the comedy classics Ghostbusters and Stripes, but he was a hugely talented writer-director whose films included Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. He was a Chicago native who started out with National Lampoon and SCTV in the mid-70's and went on to become co-writer of the hits Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes, occasionally performing in movies as well. He died from complications relating to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
To a certain group of fans, myself included, Harold Ramis will forever be known as Dr. Egon Spengler, nerd extraordinaire and collector of "spores, molds and fungus." See below: