Egon, He Gone – R.I.P. Harold Ramis



Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. National Lampoon’s Vacation. Were he only the director of those three films and nothing more, Harold Ramis’ legacy in our hearts would be cemented. But as the cowriter and costar of Ghostbusters, his Dr. Egon Spengler became one of the most iconic nerd characters in cinema history. Long before collecting was cool, he collected spores, molds and fungus, and declared print to be dead before the Internet took off. And he never had to be redeemed with a love interest, as most nerd characters did – yes, there are brief sparks with Janine, but he was ultimately more into his work than having a social life, and that was okay – he was still the coolest uncool guy in the city, and unashamed of it. I watched Ghostbusters again recently, and was stunned at how well it still worked on so many levels – you would never see a summer movie that smart and entertaining be the year’s top-grosser today, unless maybe it were Pixar.

Harold died today as the result of health problems stemming from an infection sustained four years ago. Take care of your health, people.

And Harold, if you can see this now: Have you seen Elvis, and how is he?

About Author

Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist