This one is kind of a gut punch: actor/writer/director Harold Ramis is dead at age 69.
Probably best known for his role in Ghostbusters, Ramis had a long career in comedy as a writer, director, producer, and actor, including classics like Animal House, Caddyshack, Back to School, and Groundhog Day. But to me, he will always be Dr. Egon Spengler, the "nerdy" Ghostbuster. I watched the Ghostbusters movies - and the animated series - obsessively in my youth. Maybe because I am nerd, but I always felt a kinship with Egon.
Ramis died on Monday of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition he battled for several years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren.
No word on what this means for the long-rumored Ghostbusters III, but I can't imagine it could slow the process any more.
"Do, ray, Egon!"