Ivan Reitman has been directing and producing comedy hits for over six decades. On Feb. 12, 2022, Reitman passed away in his sleep. He leaves behind his wife Geneviève Robert and their three children: Jason, Catherine, and Caroline.
Ivan Reitman – Comedy Legend
Reitman’s career took off in the late ’70s. In 1978 he produced the hit Animal House, and in 1979 he directed Meatballs. The latter was Bill Murray’s first lead role in a film.
From there, he dominated the comedy scene, putting out Stripes, Ghostbusters I & II, Twins, and Kindergarten Cop. For most that would be a world-class career, but for Ivan Reitman, it was just a solid nine years.
His directorial output slowed as time went by, but he continued putting out new projects throughout, directing his last movie in 2014’s Draft Day. As a producer, Reitman played a role in majorly successful comedies such as Road Trip, Old School, Euro Trip, and Trailer Park Boys: The Big Dirty.
Ivan Reitman’s Legacy
Two of Reitman’s children, Jason and Catherine, are forces in the comedic world as well. Jason Reitman has been directing movies since 2005’s Thank You For Smoking and has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director since. Most recently, Jason directed Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
While many know Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, what you SHOULD know her from is Workin’ Moms. She created the show in 2016, where she also writes, directs, and stars as the lead. Like Trailer Park Boys and Letterkenny, the show is criminally slept on being north of the border.
We are all better off for having had Ivan Reitman in our movie theaters and living rooms for as long as we did. Rest in peace, king.
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