The Ghostbusters star and director influenced musicians
Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69, due to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis, a gifted comedic talent, was perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Egon Spengler in the film Ghostbusters (1984), but also starred in other films such as Stripes (1981) and directed the classic films Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), and Groundhog Day (1993).
Not surprisingly, Ramis’ influence spilled over from film into the music world, as evidenced by the following tweets:
Grammy winning songwriter Diane Warren, who’s penned songs for Celine Dion, Aerosmith, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and many more, scored her first movie song in Ramis’ most famous film.
RIP Harold Ramis and thank U for my first song ever in a movie. Ghostbusters.
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) February 24, 2014
Moby expressed his love for the late comedic actor.
So sad, Harold ramis died today. One of my heroes and a true, true genius. #HaroldRamis
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) February 24, 2014
Pop singer/songwriter Liz Phair has enjoyed Ramis’ work.
Awww! RIP the great Harold Ramis. 'Groundhog Day' 'Caddy Shack' http://t.co/kc1mdvCmEG
— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) February 24, 2014
Ramis was said to be star and pen the script for the long-awaited Ghostbusters III sequel which has undergone a series of hold ups. No word on if or when the project will resume.