June 26, 2022

Director Ivan Reitman poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2011.Matt Sayles/The Related Press

Ivan Reitman, the influential filmmaker and producer behind beloved comedies from “Animal Home” to “Ghostbusters,” has died. He was 75.

Reitman died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night time at his house in Montecito, Calif., his household instructed The Related Press.

“Our household is grieving the sudden 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 mentioned 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 way of his movies will bear in mind him all the time.”

Identified for large, bawdy comedies that caught the spirit of their time, Reitman’s large break got here with the raucous, school fraternity sendup “Nationwide Lampoon’s Animal Home,” which he produced. He directed Invoice Murray in his first starring position in “Meatballs” after which once more in “Stripes,” however his most important success got here with 1984’s “Ghostbusters.”

Not solely did the irreverent supernatural comedy starring Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis gross almost $300 million worldwide, it earned two Oscar nominations, spawned a veritable franchise, together with spinoffs, tv reveals and a brand new film, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” that opened this final 12 months which his son filmmaker Jason Reitman directed.

Amongst different notable movies he directed are “Twins,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Dave,” “Junior” and “Six Days, Seven Nights.” He additionally produced “Beethoven,” “Outdated Faculty” and “EuroTrip,” and lots of others, together with a number of for his son, filmmaker Jason Reitman.

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He was born in Komarmo, Czechoslovakia, in 1946 the place his father owned the nation’s largest vinegar manufacturing unit. When the communists started imprisoning capitalists after the battle, the Reitmans determined to flee, when Ivan Reitman was solely 4. They traveled within the nailed-down maintain of a barge headed for Vienna.

The Reitmans joined a relative in Toronto, the place Ivan displayed his present biz inclinations: beginning a puppet theater, entertaining at summer season camps, taking part in espresso homes with a folks music group. He studied music and drama at McMaster College in Hamilton, Ont., and commenced making film shorts.