Ivan Reitman, the director of blockbuster comedies such as the first Ghostbusters, died at the age of 75.
Ivan Reitman grew up in Canada, where he studied filmmaking after his family fled Communist tyranny in postwar Czechoslovakia. His major break came when Ivan Reitman produced National Lampoon’s Animal House, a frat-house comedy released in 1978.
Twins, Kindergarten Cop, and Junior were among his previous projects as a filmmaker. His relatives reported he died peacefully in his sleep at his California home.
In a statement, his children stated, “Our family is grieving the untimely death of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the wonder in life.”
“We take solace in the fact that his work as a filmmaker gave joy and amusement to many others all over the world.” Reitman’s accomplishments have been lauded by members of the film business.
On Twitter, Paul Feig, the director of the 2016 Ghostbusters remake, wrote: “He directed some of my all-time favourite comedies. We all owe him a debt of gratitude in the comedy world.”
Judd Apatow, the writer and director of Knocked Up and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, called Reitman a “genuine icon” who “inspired everything we all love about cinematic comedy.”
Kumail Nanjiani, the actor and writer behind the film Big Sick, agreed that he was “a legend,” adding, “The quantity of wonderful movies he created is crazy.” “He was old school in the greatest sense, and polite,” Mindy Kaling, who appeared in Reitman’s 2011 film No Strings Attached, remarked.
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