• Ivan Reitman has died last Saturday night
  • He died peacefully in his California home
  • Reitman was the brain behind many classic feel-good movies in the 80s and 90s

Ivan Reitman, who was known for comedies that influenced the culture of their time, has been added to the list of stars that have already left us this 2022! Ivan Reitman's big break came with National Lampoon's Animal House, which he produced. He also directed Bill Murray in his first starring role in the summer camp flick Meatballs, and then again in 1981's Stripes.

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But unquestionably, Ivan Reitman's most significant cinematic success came with one of the all-time movie greats: 1984's Ghostbusters. The classic tale of ghost hunters in New York City that risked their lives to save the world, captured the imagination of millions of movie goers around the world.

It also shot Ivan Reitman to the top of the Hollywood Olympus, making him one of the most requested directors of his generation. Not only did the comedy gross nearly $300 million worldwide, it earned two Oscar nominations, spawned a franchise including spinoffs, television shows and a new movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, that opened in 2021.

Reitman Was Also A Mentor And A Father

His son, filmmaker Jason Reitman, directed the Ghostbusters sequel, which was one of the feel good stories of the year. Many in the industry have expressed their sadness at the passing of a man they considered a great friend. Filmmaker Paul Feig had these kinds words to share on his Twitter:

"I had the honor of working so closely with Ivan and it was always such a learning experience - He directed some of my favorite comedies of all time. All of us in comedy owe him so very much," Feig wrote.

Many fans online have begun talks of opening up public screenings of Ivan's films as a way of paying tribute to him. The condolences have been pouring in for Reitman's family and they can rest assured Ivan's legacy will not be soon forgotten. 

May he rest in peace!