The news came of the death of director and producer Ivan Reitman (photo ©GabboT), which happened on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The causes of death were not disclosed and the family simply explained that he died in his sleep.
Ivan Reitman was born on October 27, 1946, in Komárno, in then Czechoslovakia, to a Hungarian Jewish family. His mother was an Auschwitz survivor while his father fought in the resistance to Nazism. In 1951, his family moved to Canada.
In 1969, Ivan Reitman earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from McMaster University, where he made his first experiences with movies directing many short films. Subsequently, he started working as a director and as a film but also as a television producer for Toronto’s CITY-TV. The first feature film he directed was “Foxy Lady” (1971). In the 1970s, he produced major movies of various genres from “Shivers” (1975), directed by David Cronenberg, to “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), directed by John Landis.
In 1976, Ivan Reitman married Geneviève Robert, with whom he had two daughters and a son, Jason, who followed him in his footsteps.
The great success as a director came for Ivan Reitman in the 1980s with “Stripes” (1981) and especially with “Ghostbusters” (1984) and its sequel “Ghostbusters II” (1989). The success continued into the 1990s with comedies that sometimes had elements of the fantasy and science fiction genres such as “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), “Dave” (1993), “Junior” (1994), “Fathers’ Day” (1997), “Six Days, Seven Nights” (1998) up to the beginning of the following decade with “Evolution” (2001).
In 2000, Ivan Reitman opened The Montecito Picture Company, a film production company. In the following years, he mainly devoted himself to producing movies and in some cases even television shows of various genres even though he never completely stopped directing some productions. The recent “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was directed by his son Jason.
Ivan Reitman directed and produced movies of various genres but will be remembered above all for his comedies that were never dull and became part of the history of cinema and remained in the hearts of the audience.