Ivan Reitman, director of ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Stripes’ useless at 75


Legendary film producer and director Ivan Reitman who labored on iconic comedies reminiscent of “Animal Home” and “Ghostbusters,” has died on the age of 75.

Reitman died peacefully in his sleep at his dwelling in Montecito, California, his household stated in an announcement on Sunday night time.

“Our household is grieving the surprising lack of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to all the time search the magic in life,” kids Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman stated in a joint assertion. 

“We take consolation that his work as a filmmaker introduced laughter and happiness to numerous others all over the world. Whereas we mourn privately, we hope those that knew him by his movies will bear in mind him all the time.”

Reitman made his first splash within the comedy world producing the irreverent school fraternity movie “Nationwide Lampoon’s Animal Home,” starring John Belushi, in 1978.

He made his directorial debut working with Invoice Murray in his first starring function in 1979’s summer time camp comedy “Meatballs.”

Ivan Reitman speaks onstage during CinemaCon 2021.
Reitman died at his Montecito, California dwelling.
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GHOSTBUSTERS II, from left, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, director Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, on-set, 1989,
Reitman directed the “Ghostbusters” films.
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He once more labored with Murray directing “Stripes,” which additionally starred John Sweet and Harold Ramis.

Reitman actually left his mark on Hollywood historical past directing the beloved supernatural comedy “Ghostbusters” in 1984, starring Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. The movie grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, earned two Oscar nominations and spawned a large franchise and sequels, together with Ghostbusters 2, which he additionally directed.

Reitman was born in Czechoslovakia in 1946, the son of the proprietor of the nation’s largest vinegar manufacturing facility. His household fled to Canada when he was solely 4 years previous because the communists started imprisoning capitalists.

TWINS, Arnold Schwarzenegger, director Ivan Reitman, Danny DeVito,  on set, 1988.
Reitman additionally directed the film “Twins.”
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Film director Jason Reitman (L) and father Ivan Reitman attend the "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" New York Premiere.
Reitman’s son, Jason, has adopted in his father’s directorial footsteps.
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In Toronto, Reitman started his profession within the leisure enterprise beginning a puppet present theater and entertaining at summer time camps. He attended McMaster College in Hamilton, Ontario, the place he studied music and first started making brief movies.

He grew to become concerned with the Nationwide Lampoon crew after producing a weekly TV revue, “Greed,” with Aykroyd for $500 per week.

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