Comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis is best known for the 1984 film Ghostbusters, which he co-wrote and starred in along with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Ramis had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited Ghostbusters IIIbut did not get the chance. Ramis died Monday in Chicago from an autoimmune disorder. He was 69 years old.

Ramis co-wrote Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes. He co-wrote and directed Caddyshack, and directed Murray in Groundhog Day.

Today, we remember Ramis with excerpts from a 2005 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross:

"I played a lot of weasels, a lot of cowards; sweating cowards was my thing. I used to play like hippies and, like, counterculture guys, and [John] Belushi kind of took that over, so I moved into the coward role. … The other thing I would always play was the character called "specs" or "the professor." I’d play the brainy guy, which I ended up doing, of course, in Ghostbusters.”

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Sad news from the comedy world as yesterday we learned of the passing of the legendary comedic writer, director, and actor Harold Ramis. He is a man largely responsible for some of the biggest and most memorable film comedies of all-time that include National Lampoon’s Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Groundhog Day. Of course most of us will forever remember him in the role of Dr. Egon Spengler (a man whose hobbies included collecting “molds, spores and fungus”) in the iconic 1984 film Ghostbusters. Ramis of course was no stranger to the NYPL as you can see in the photo above from the day of the Ghostbusters film shoot at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street. To purposely (mis)quote Dr. Peter Venkman at the end of Ghostbusters: “See you on the other side Mr. Ramis.”  You will be missed.