HEAT ALERT

Excessive heat watch issued for parts of New Jersey with sizzling temperatures

'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman dies at 75

Reitman died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night at his home in Montecito, Calif., his family told The Associated Press.

Associated Press

Feb 14, 2022, 3:29 AM

Updated 857 days ago

Share:

'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman dies at 75
Ivan Reitman, the influential filmmaker and producer behind beloved comedies from “Animal House” to “Ghostbusters,” has died. He was 75.
Reitman died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night at his home in Montecito, Calif., his family told The Associated Press.
“Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life,” children Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman said in a joint statement. “We take comfort that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless others around the world. While we mourn privately, we hope those who knew him through his films will remember him always.”
Known for big, bawdy comedies that caught the spirit of their time, Reitman’s big break came with the raucous, college fraternity sendup “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” which he produced. He directed Bill Murray in his first starring role in “Meatballs” and then again in “Stripes,” but his most significant success came with 1984’s “Ghostbusters.”
Not only did the irreverent supernatural comedy starring Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis gross nearly $300 million worldwide, it earned two Oscar nominations, spawned a veritable franchise, including spinoffs, television shows and a new movie, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” that opened this last year which his son filmmaker Jason Reitman directed.
Among other notable films he directed are “Twins,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Dave,” “Junior” and “Six Days, Seven Nights.” He also produced “Beethoven,” “Old School” and “EuroTrip,” and many others, including several for his son, filmmaker Jason Reitman.
He was born in Komarmo, Czechoslovakia, in 1946 where his father owned the country’s biggest vinegar factory. When the communists began imprisoning capitalists after the war, the Reitmans decided to escape, when Ivan Reitman was only 4. They traveled in the nailed-down hold of a barge headed for Vienna.
The Reitmans joined a relative in Toronto, where Ivan displayed his show biz inclinations: starting a puppet theater, entertaining at summer camps, playing coffee houses with a folk music group. He studied music and drama at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., and began making movie shorts.


More from News 12
2:12
Scorching temperatures won’t stop NJ residents from enjoying themselves outside

Scorching temperatures won’t stop NJ residents from enjoying themselves outside

2:35
HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory in effect for New Jersey with extreme highs expected all week

HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory in effect for New Jersey with extreme highs expected all week

2:18
2 beaches close due to over-capacity amid record-breaking season of beach badge sales

2 beaches close due to over-capacity amid record-breaking season of beach badge sales

0:56
Independent investigation finds no malice intended regarding East Brunswick HS yearbook photo controversy

Independent investigation finds no malice intended regarding East Brunswick HS yearbook photo controversy

0:26
 Boil water advisory issued for parts of Clifton and Paterson due to water main break

Boil water advisory issued for parts of Clifton and Paterson due to water main break

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

0:47
Jersey Proud: 4 Byram Intermediate School students place wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Jersey Proud: 4 Byram Intermediate School students place wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier

0:23
Prosecutor: PA man killed in crash on Route 31 in Clinton Township

Prosecutor: PA man killed in crash on Route 31 in Clinton Township

2:38
Gov. Murphy announces clemency program to let some offenders seek early release from prison

Gov. Murphy announces clemency program to let some offenders seek early release from prison

0:40
Hundreds attend Juneteenth celebration at Liberty State Park

Hundreds attend Juneteenth celebration at Liberty State Park

1:54
Historic Glimmer Glass Bridge closed between Brielle and Manasquan until July 1 for safety repairs

Historic Glimmer Glass Bridge closed between Brielle and Manasquan until July 1 for safety repairs

Devils acquire goalie Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames

Devils acquire goalie Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames

0:23
Vote-by-mail ballots now available for 10th Congressional District special primary election in July

Vote-by-mail ballots now available for 10th Congressional District special primary election in July

0:19
Denville imposes outdoor water restrictions until June 30

Denville imposes outdoor water restrictions until June 30

0:31
Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

2:04
NJ Transit: Service into and out of NY Penn Station on schedule following disruptions

NJ Transit: Service into and out of NY Penn Station on schedule following disruptions

0:23
Motorcycle crashes in Jersey City near Communipaw intersection

Motorcycle crashes in Jersey City near Communipaw intersection

2:06
Tara Rosenblum discusses exclusive News 12 investigation 'When Home Hurts'

Tara Rosenblum discusses exclusive News 12 investigation 'When Home Hurts'

1:27
Jersey Shore towns open cooling centers to help residents deal with extreme heat

Jersey Shore towns open cooling centers to help residents deal with extreme heat

0:52
Jersey Proud: 4 men bike 217 miles from NY to Cape May to raise money for childhood cancer

Jersey Proud: 4 men bike 217 miles from NY to Cape May to raise money for childhood cancer