MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Legendary comedic actor and director Harold Ramis passed away Monday morning at the age of 69. Ramis’ comedies are some of the most legendary in cinema and one of his best is forever tied to South Florida.
Ramis and his crew set up shop in South Florida to shoot the movie “Caddyshack” in 1979 and spent 11 weeks putting together one of the top comedies of all time. Scenes were filmed all over South Florida including the Rolling Hills Golf Club and other locations around the area.
But Caddyshack was only one of the many comedies Ramis had a role in. He directed National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This. He helped write Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Back to School, and others.
Ramis may be best known for his time on screen where he played Dr. Egon Spengler in the movies “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II.”
Among the actors who Ramis helped turn into superstars are: Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and others. He also worked with Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Michael Hall, John Candy, and many others.
News of Ramis’ death was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.