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Another one of my favourite actor/directors has passed away.

“Ramis was born on November 21, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth (née Cokee) and Nathan Ramis, shopkeepers who owned the store Ace Food & Liquor Mart on the city’s far North Side. While Ramis had a Jewish upbringing, in his adult life he did not practice any religion. In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He lost the ability to walk; after relearning to do so, he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011. On February 24, 2014, Ramis died at his Chicago-area home from complications arising from vasculitis.He was 69 years old.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Ramis

“He started his career as a writer by penning arts stories for his local newspaper and editing Playboy magazine’s “party jokes” section.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/26327020

“Ramis played Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ivan Reitman cult comedy “Ghostbusters,” which also starred actor Bill Murray. In 1993, he co-wrote, produced and directed “Groundhog Day,” about a weatherman, played by Bill Murray, who relives the same day over and over again. Other films he co-wrote and directed include “Analyze This” in 1999, a comedy about a psychiatrist whose main patient is an insecure mobster. Starring Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal, it was followed two years later by a sequel, “Analyze That.” http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/us-ramis-idUSBREA1N1N520140224