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Born: October 27, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: director, producer, composer

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Although he received less personal publicity than his box-office powerhouse contemporaries George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, director-producer Ivan Reitman had a comparable impact on filmmaking trends of the late 1970s and 1980s. In fact, what Lucas and Spielberg did for fantasy adventure, Reitman did for big-budget comedies. After producing low-budget horror thrillers with director David Cronenberg, Reitman struck gold when he produced "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), a huge hit that touched off a rash of imitators for decades and became a cultural landmark. Following successful turns in the director's chair for "Meatballs" (1979) and "Stripes" (1981), Reitman helmed "Ghostbusters" (1984), one of the most successful movies of the decade and perhaps the most influential comedy of its era. Reitman continued making quality pictures as a director and producer, bringing to the screen such hits as "Twins" (1988), "Kindergarten Cop" (1990) and "Dave" (1993). Reitman also enjoyed Oscar-nominated success as the producer of director son Jason Reitman's exquisite "Up in the Air" (2009), which added considerable heft to his already impactful career.

Although he received less personal publicity than his box-office powerhouse contemporaries George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, director-producer Ivan Reitman had a comparable impact on filmmaking trends of the late 1970s and 1980s. In fact, what Lucas and Spielberg did for fantasy adventure, Reitman did for big-budget comedies. After producing low-budget horror thrillers with director David Cronenberg, Reitman struck gold when he produced "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), a huge hit that touched off a rash of imitators for decades and became a cultural landmark. Following successful turns in the director's chair for "Meatballs" (1979) and "Stripes" (1981), Reitman helmed "Ghostbusters" (1984), one of the most successful movies of the decade and perhaps the most influential comedy of its era. Reitman continued making quality pictures as a director and producer, bringing to the screen such hits as "Twins" (1988), "Kindergarten Cop" (1990) and "Dave" (1993). Reitman also enjoyed Oscar-nominated success as the producer of director son Jason Reitman's exquisite "Up in the Air" (2009), which added considerable heft to his already impactful career.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Draft Day (2014)
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  Evolution (2001) Director
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  Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) Director
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  Fathers' Day (1997) Director
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  Junior (1994) Director
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  Dave (1993) Director
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  Kindergarten Cop (1990) Director
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  Ghostbusters II (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Behind the Movies: Animal House (2001) Interviewee
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1981:
Directed "Stripes," an American comedy starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
1971:
Directed and produced first feature film, "Foxy Lady"
1998:
Entered into a five-year partnership with Thomas Pollock and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment to form a production company
1984:
Once again directed Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in the successful feature "Ghostbusters"
1996:
Produced "Space Jam" the animated/live-action film starring Michael Jordan opposite Bugs Bunny
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Produced "The Magic Show", a popular Broadway show starring Doug Henning which he developed from "Spellbound"
1988:
Produced and directed "Twins" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito; Schwarzenegger's first lead in a comedy
2003:
Produced the Todd Phillips comedy "Old School" starring Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell
1990:
Re-teamed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for "Kindergarten Cop"
1989:
Reunited with original cast for the sequal "Ghostbusters II"
1979:
Executive produced "Delta House", the ABC-TV spinoff of "Animal House"
1974:
Produced "They Came From Within/Shivers/The Parasite Murders", David Cronenberg's feature directorial debut
2009:
Produced his son, Jason Reitman's film, "Up in the Air"; shared an Oscar nomination with his son for Best Picture
2009:
Produced the comedy "I Love You, Man" starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
1997:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (May 5)
1976:
Again worked with director David Cronenberg to produce "Rabid"
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Began career as theater and TV producer in Canada
1979:
Directed "Meatballs"; first collaboration with Bill Murray
1998:
Directed Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in the romantic comedy "Six Days Seven Nights"
2006:
Directed the comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson
1978:
First collaboration with Harold Ramis, "National Lampoon's Animal House"
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Produced live variety show, "Greed," for Canadian TV (starred Dan Aykroyd)
2000:
Produced the comedy "Road Trip" written and directed by Todd Phillips
1993:
Directed Kevin Kline as a man hired to impersonate the president in the comedy "Dave"
1951:
Family immigrated to Canada
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Produced "Spellbound" for the Toronto stage
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Produced "The National Lampoon Show" for Off-Broadway and the subsequent year-long tour
1997:
Produced Howard Stern's "Private Parts," an autobiographical story of his rise to shock jock success, based on his bestselling novel
2011:
Directed the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher
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Education

McMaster University: Hamilton, Ontario - 1969

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wife:
Genevieve Robert. Married in September 1976.

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mother:
Klara Reitman. Auschwitz survivor.
father:
Leslie Reitman. Died in 1994.
son:
Jason Reitman. Director, screenwriter.
daughter:
Catherine Reitman.
daughter:
Caroline Reitman.
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