Actor/director Harold Ramis arrives for the premiere of "Year One" in New York in this June 15, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Stephen Chernin/Files
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Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack," died at his home in Chicago at the age of 69 of complications from a rare vascular disease, his agent said on Monday.Ramis played Dr. Egon Spengler in the Ivan Reitman cult comedy "Ghostbusters," which also starred actor Bill Murray.Director and actor Jon Favreau said Ramis would be missed.Actor Billy Crystal, who was directed by Ramis in the film "Analyze This," described him as a brilliant and funny actor and director.He returned to Chicago in 1996 after 20 years in Los Angeles, and got his big break when he co-wrote the comedy hit, "National Lampoon's Animal House" in 1978 .Known for his dry wit, Ramis worked on other comedy scripts before making his directorial debut in 1980 with "Caddyshack," followed three years later by "National Lampoon's Vacation". Ramis received The American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA award for screenwriting.
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