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IVAN REITMAN (Director/Producer) has been the creative force behind films beloved by audiences around the world – from raucous comedies like "Animal House,” "Stripes” and "Ghostbusters,” to more sophisticated delights like "Dave,” "Six Days Seven Nights” and "Twins.”

The career that has brought about so many laughs began in Canada, where his family emigrated from Czechoslovakia when he was four-years-old. Reitman studied music at McMaster University, but soon turned his talents to film and theater.

Shortly after graduation, Reitman delved into film production – first with the extremely low-budget horror comedy "Cannibal Girls,” starring Canada's Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin, followed by the live television show "Greed,” with Dan Aykroyd as its announcer. Reitman then headed to New York City and produced the Broadway hit "The Magic Show,” starring McMaster friend Doug Henning. He continued producing for the stage with the off-Broadway hit "The National Lampoon Show,” where he brought together for the first time the then-unknown John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty. Reitman returned to Broadway to produce and direct the musical "Merlin,” earning him Tony nominations for directing and producing. While in New York, Reitman reapplied his talents to filmmaking when he joined forces with National Lampoon and brought us the groundbreaking sensation "Animal House.”

Following the success of that film, Reitman returned home to Canada to direct "Meatballs,” still considered one the most successful films ever made in Canada. The string of hits continued with "Stripes” and the "Ghostbusters” series, which teamed Bill Murray with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis; "Dave,” starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver; "Legal Eagles,” starring Robert Redford and Debra Winger; "Six Days Seven Nights” with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche; "Evolution,” starring David Duchovny and Julianne Moore; and a series of films that revealed an untapped comic persona for action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Twins,” "Junior” (both co-starring Danny DeVito) and "Kindergarten Cop.”

Reitman's list of producing credits is equally extensive. He produced the family features "Beethoven” and "Beethoven's 2nd,” as well as the HBO telefilm "The Late Shift,” which received seven Emmy nominations. Other producing endeavors include "Heavy Metal,” Howard Stern's "Private Parts,” the animation/live action film "Space Jam,” which teamed Michael Jordan with the Looney Toons characters; and the teen comedy hits "Road Trip,” "Eurotrip” and "Old School,” starring Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson.

In 1984, Reitman was honored as Director of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners and the next year received a Special Achievement Award at the Canadian Genie awards. In 1979, and again in 1989, for the films "Animal House” and "Twins,” Reitman was honored with the People's Choice Award. In November of 1994, Reitman became the third director honored by Variety magazine in a special "Billion Dollar Director” issue. At the end of 2000, Reitman's films "Animal House” and "Ghostbusters” were honored as two of this past century's funniest movies by the American Film Institute. He currently heads The Montecito Picture Company, a film and television production company, with partner Tom Pollock, in association with DreamWorks, SKG.

Reitman also directed "My Super Ex-Girlfriend” and is the executive producer of the smash Canadian comedy "The Big Dirty,” starring the comedy troupe Trailer Park Boys. He was the executive producer on the DreamWorks thriller "Disturbia,” which opened nationwide in April 2007.

Recently Ivan Reitman completed six films, all in release in 2009 and 2010: the family hit, "Hotel for Dogs”; "The Uninvited”; "I Love You, Man”; "Post Grad”; "Chloe”; and "Up in the Air,” starring George Clooney and directed by his son Jason. Reitman has been married to former Quebec film actress Genevieve Robert for over 30 years. Together, they have three children and live in Santa Barbara, California.


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