Bill Murray Remembers Harold Ramis: “He Earned His Keep On This Planet”

Ramis wrote Murray's breakout films, Meatballs and Caddyshack, and appeared on-screen with him in Ghostbusters

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Murray (left) and Ramis star in the film 'Stripes' (1981).

Bill Murray, who worked with Harold Ramis on a half-dozen projects in the 1980s and 1990s, issued this statement to TIME through his lawyer in the wake of Ramis’ death on Monday morning: “Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.”

Murray can currently be seen in George Clooney’s Monuments Men and in Wes Anderson’s upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.