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Harold Ramis remembered as 'Buddha of Comedy'

( - Harold Ramis influenced a generation of comedians by writing, directing and acting in films such as “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day.” So when news broke Monday of Ramis’ death, the comedy world took to Twitter, often a forum for jokes, to eulogize and commemorate.

“Was honored to have gotten to work with Harold Ramis, the Buddha of Comedy. Brilliant, humble, radiant. We’ve lost an icon. #GroundhogDay,” tweeted Rainn Wilson, whom Ramis directed on “The Office.”

“MadTV” star Ike Barinholtz described him as “one of my biggest influences” while film critic Richard Roeper wrote he was a “wonderful filmmaker and a true gentleman.” Chris Hardwick labeled him a “mad genius,” a word used by many others to describe the Chicago native.

“Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero,” Stephen Fry posted.

Reflective of Ramis’ remarkable career, every tribute seemed to include a different favorite movie. Barinholtz described “Vacation,” which Ramis directed, as his favorite comedy of all time. “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn said “Groundhog Day,” which Ramis appeared in, wrote, directed and produced, was one of his favorites.

Others chimed in with their love for “Caddyshack,” “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes.” No tweet summed up the response more succinctly than this one from Patton Oswalt

“No Harold Ramis, no comedy as we know it today.”