In line with Reitman’s household, the filmmaker handed peacefully, although unexpectedly in his sleep on Saturday, February 12th in his Montecito, California residence. In a joint assertion, Reitman’s youngsters Jason, Catherine, and Caroline mentioned,
“Our household is grieving the surprising lack of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to at all times search the magic in life. We take consolation that his work as a filmmaker introduced laughter and happiness to numerous others around the globe. Whereas we mourn privately, we hope those that knew him by way of his movies will bear in mind him at all times.”
Along with the 2 authentic Ghostbusters movies, Reitman helmed such comedy classics as Twins, Kindergarten Cop, and Dave.
His early profession was carefully linked with that of Invoice Murray; Reitman’s first directorial function, 1979’s Meatballs, additionally marked the actor’s large display screen debut. They re-teamed on Stripes with the late Harold Ramis in 1981, adopted by the basic Ghostbusters coming in 1984.
Reitman started his profession within the 1970s with quite a few Canadian low price range horror and sexploitation movies, together with as a producer on David Cronenberg’s Shiver and Rabid. His work with Dan Aykroyd on the Canadian TV revue Greed would develop right into a lifetime of collaboration. He additionally linked with the Nationwide Lampoon comedians through their off-Broadway present with Murray, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner.
That connection led to Reitman’s Hollywood breakthrough because the producer of the Belushi-starring Animal Home. He additionally had producer credit on Heavy Metallic, Cease! Or My Mother Will Shoot, House Jam, Non-public Parks, Hitchcock, and the 2017 Baywatch function adaptation. Later in his profession, he served as producer on the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot and the latest movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which noticed his son, Jason, choosing up the reins to proceed the unique story.
Reitman’s remaining directorial effort was 2014’s Draft Day with Kevin Costner. He additionally helmed Six Days, Seven Nights with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, Fathers’ Day with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, Evolution with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, and My Tremendous Ex-Girlfriend with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman.
Reitman was born in Komarmo, Czechoslovakia to a mom who survived Auschwitz and a father who was an underground resistance fighter. His father was the proprietor of Czechoslovakia’s largest vinegar manufacturing facility, making him a goal of communists after the conflict. The Reitman household escaped to Vienna in a nailed-down maintain of a barge when Ivan was simply 4.
“I bear in mind flashes of scenes,” Reitman mentioned in a 1979 interview with the Related Press. “Later they instructed me about how they gave me a few sleeping drugs so I wouldn’t make any noise. I used to be so knocked out that I slept with my eyes open. My dad and mom have been afraid I used to be useless.”
The household finally made their option to Toronto, the place Reitman developed his love for showbiz. From these tough beginnings, Ivan Reitman would go on to be one of the vital revered and beloved comedy filmmakers of all time.