Bill Murray eagerly took part in most of Harold Ramis' plans—even when they involved crossing the streams.
Murray, who collaborated with the actor and filmmaker on some of the funniest movies of all time, joined the rest of Hollywood and many, many fans in mourning Ramis following his death today. Ramis was 69 and had been suffering from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis for several years.
"Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show together off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day," Murray said in a statement obtained by Time magazine. "He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."
That list of films and stage work may read like just a list, but each title boasted a treasure trove of comedic gold.
Dan Akroyd, who cowrote and starred in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 (the 1989 sequel was widely panned, but it's got plenty of LOL moments upon repeat viewings), wrote on Facebook earlier today: "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted and funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."
And these two comedy legends have hardly been alone in their appreciations.
"Thank you, we love you," tweeted Judd Apatow, who directed Ramis in Knocked Up and produced Ramis' final directorial effort, Year One.
Thank u Harold Ramis for 1000's of laughs and for being a warm, decent person. You will be very missed.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) February 25, 2014
Caddyshack, Stripes, Animal House, Vacation, Meatballs...Harold Ramis made me laugh like no other. He will be missed.— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) February 24, 2014
So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and more.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was a kind, wise, hilarious, brilliant guy with a buddhist heart. So grateful to have worked for him. Sending love to his fam.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) February 24, 2014
The world lost Harold Ramis today. Sad day for comedy and a sad day for a wonderful life gone. Take note and pay respects.— Nick Swardson (@NickSwardson) February 24, 2014
Sorry to learn of the passing of Harold Ramis - he was a wonderful person - a terrific talent & he died much too young— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 24, 2014