Ivan Reitman

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Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman 2011.jpg
Reitman at the Avalon Hotel on March 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California
Born(1946-10-27) October 27, 1946 (age 67)
Komárno, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Alma materMcMaster University
OccupationFilm director, film producer
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Geneviève Robert (1976–present; 3 children)
 
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Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman 2011.jpg
Reitman at the Avalon Hotel on March 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California
Born(1946-10-27) October 27, 1946 (age 67)
Komárno, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
Alma materMcMaster University
OccupationFilm director, film producer
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Geneviève Robert (1976–present; 3 children)

Ivan Reitman, OC (born October 27, 1946) is a Czechoslovakian-born Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 2000.

Early life[edit]

Reitman was born in Komárno, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), the son of Clara and Leslie Reitman. Reitman's parents were Jewish; his mother survived the Auschwitz concentration camp and his father was an underground resistance fighter.[1][2] His family came to Canada as refugees in 1950. Reitman attended Oakwood Collegiate in Toronto and was a member of the Twintone Four singing group.[citation needed]

Reitman attended McMaster University,[3] receiving a Bachelor's of Music in 1969. At McMaster he produced and directed many short films.[4]

Career[edit]

Reitman's first producing job was with the then-new station CITY-TV in Toronto. CITY was also the home of the first announcing job of his later friend and collaborator Dan Aykroyd. However, Reitman's tenure at CITY was short and he was fired during his first year by station owner Moses Znaimer.[citation needed]

In Toronto, he produced the stage production Spellbound (1973) which evolved into Broadway production The Magic Show.

Reitman's first commercial film ventures were as producer of two films for director David Cronenberg, Shivers/They Came from Within/The Parasite Murders (1974) and Rabid (1976). His big break came when he produced National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978 and directed Meatballs in 1979. From there, he directed and produced a number of comedies including Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984),[5] Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989),[6] Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), Junior (1994), Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Evolution (2001), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), and No Strings Attached (2011).

In the early 1990s, Reitman began to direct fewer films, but increased his role as a producer and executive producer through his company, Northern Lights Entertainment.[7] He helped to produce the animated film Heavy Metal (1981), as well as the live-action films Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), Beethoven (1992), Beethoven's 2nd (1993), Space Jam (1996), Private Parts (1997), Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), EuroTrip (2004) and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006).

Reitman is a founder of the McMaster Film Board at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.[citation needed] In 2007, Reitman was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.[8] Reitman founded The Montecito Picture Company, a film production company located just south of Santa Barbara, founded in 2000.[citation needed]

He next produced the comedy I Love You, Man (2009), starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Also in 2009, he produced the Academy Award-nominated film, Up in the Air, directed by his son Jason Reitman. Later, Reitman had planned to direct the erotic thriller Chloe (2009), but he couldn't attract the cast he wanted; so Reitman decided to only serve as a producer and asked Atom Egoyan to direct the film.[9] Chloe had since enjoyed commercial success and became Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever.[10]

New York magazine, citing no sources, claimed in March 2007 that Sony Pictures Entertainment wanted to replace Reitman on Ghostbusters III with a younger director, but that Reitman's original contract precluded this.[11] In early 2010, Reitman confirmed he will be directing the film.[12] He was also the producer of Howard Stern's film Private Parts.

He co-produced the biographical Hitchcock, released on November 23, 2012.

Reitman directed the 2014 sports drama Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner.

Personal life[edit]

Reitman has been married to Geneviève Robert for over 30 years. Reitman has a son and two daughters. His son, Jason Reitman, is a film director best known for his films Juno, Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air, for which he won a Golden Globe for his screenplay. His daughter Catherine Reitman is a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles. His other daughter, Caroline Reitman, is a sophomore at Santa Barbara City College. Reitman's wife is a convert to Judaism.[13]

In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as a director and producer, and for his promotion of the Canadian film and television industries".[14]

In April 2011 he received the Mayor's Prize at his native city of Komárno, Slovakia.

Recurring Cast Members[edit]

ActorMeatballs
(1979)
Stripes
(1981)
Ghostbusters
(1984)
Legal Eagles
(1986)
Twins
(1988)
Ghostbusters II
(1989)
Kindergarten Cop
(1990)
Dave
(1993)
Junior
(1994)
Evolution
(2001)
No Strings Attached
(2011)
Draft Day
(2014)
Dan AykroydNoNNoNNoN
Danny DeVitoNoNNoN
Brian Doyle-MurrayNoNNoN
Kevin DunnNoNNoN
Ernie HudsonNoNNoN
Kevin KlineNoNNoN
Frank LangellaNoNNoNNoN
David MarguliesNoNNoN
Rick MoranisNoNNoN
Bill MurrayNoNNoNNoNNoN
Annie PottsNoNNoN
Harold RamisNoNNoNNoN
Pamela ReedNoNNoN
Arnold SchwarzeneggerNoNNoNNoN1NoN
Sigourney WeaverNoNNoNNoN

1 Schwarzenegger's appearance is a cameo as himself when he was chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmDirector(Executive)
Producer
OtherNotes
1971Foxy Lady
NoN
Composer and editor
1973Cannibal Girls
NoN
NoN
1979Meatballs
NoN
Golden Reel Award
1981Stripes
NoN
NoN
1981Heavy Metal
NoN
1984Ghostbusters
NoN
NoN
Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
1986Legal Eagles
NoN
NoN
Writer
1988Twins
NoN
NoN
1989Ghostbusters II
NoN
NoN
1990Kindergarten Cop
NoN
NoN
1992Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
NoN
1993Dave
NoN
NoN
1994Junior
NoN
NoN
1996Space Jam
NoN
1997Fathers' Day
NoN
NoN
1998Six Days Seven Nights
NoN
NoN
2000Road Trip
NoN
2001Evolution
NoN
NoN
2003Elephant
NoN
2006My Super Ex-Girlfriend
NoN
2006Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
NoN
2007Disturbia
NoN
2009Up in the Air
NoN
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
2011No Strings Attached
NoN
NoN
2012Hitchcock
NoN
2014Draft Day
NoN
Post-production
TBAGhostbusters III
Question mark
Question mark
Question mark
Pre-production

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