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
Recently Ivan Reitman completed: the family hit Hotel For Dogs, The
Uninvited, I Love You Man, Post Grad, Chloe, and the Oscar-nominated Up In the
Air, starring George Clooney and directed by his son Jason Reitman. In 2011, he
directed the comedy hit No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton
Kutcher. In 2012, he produced the wry Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins and
Reitman has been married to former Quebec film actress Genevieve Robert for
more than 40 years. Together, they have three children and live in Santa
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