RIP Egon Spengler.
Jewish actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, known for “Ghostbusters,” and “Stripes,” and “Groundhog Day,”has died. He was 69 years old. News of his death rattled Hollywood, with many colleagues, friends and admirers taking to Twitter to share their shock and grief, and pay tribute to his work.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. — Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
May he now get the answers he was always seeking. — Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all. bc — Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Devastated about Harold Ramis…Groundhog Day is my favorite movie of all time. He made people happy and influenced so many, including me. — Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 24, 2014
Why all the good ones? Harold Ramis will be missed. Gonna curl up and watch Stripes tonight. — Alex Borstein (@AlexBorstein) February 24, 2014
If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon. — Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 24, 2014
So sad about Harold Ramis. Comedy legend. And a lovely man. #GriswaldsForever#Ghostbusters#GroundhogDay— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) February 24, 2014
Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero… — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 24, 2014
No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed. — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 24, 2014
Oh no, Harold Ramis died. One of my filmmaking heroes. Caddyshack , Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day… So sad. — Eli Roth (@eliroth) February 24, 2014
Jewish Comedy Mourns Harold Ramis
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg , she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.