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Although he received less personal publicity than his box-office powerhouse contemporaries George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, director-producer Ivan Reitman had a comparable impact on filmmaking trends of the late 1970s and 1980s. In fact, what Lucas and Spielberg did for fantasy adventure, Reitman did for big-budget comedies. After producing low-budget horror thrillers with director David Cronenberg, Reitman struck gold when he produced "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978), a huge hit that touched off a rash of imitators for decades and became a cultural landmark. Following successful turns in the director's chair for "Meatballs" (1979) and "Stripes" (1981), Reitman helmed "Ghostbusters" (1984), one of the most successful movies of the decade and perhaps the most influential comedy of its era. Reitman continued making quality pictures as a director and producer, bringing to the screen such hits as "Twins" (1988), "Kindergarten Cop" (1990) and "Dave" (1993). Reitman also enjoyed Oscar-nominated success as the producer of director son Jason Reitman's exquisite "Up in the Air" (2009), which added considerable heft to his already impactful career.
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Family immigrated to Canada
Directed and produced first feature film, "Foxy Lady"
Produced "They Came From Within/Shivers/The Parasite Murders", David Cronenberg's feature directorial debut
Again worked with director David Cronenberg to produce "Rabid"
First collaboration with Harold Ramis, "National Lampoon's Animal House"
Executive produced "Delta House", the ABC-TV spinoff of "Animal House"
Directed "Meatballs"; first collaboration with Bill Murray
Directed "Stripes," an American comedy starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
Once again directed Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in the successful feature "Ghostbusters"
Produced and directed "Twins" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito; Schwarzenegger's first lead in a comedy
Reunited with original cast for the sequal "Ghostbusters II"
Re-teamed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for "Kindergarten Cop"
Directed Kevin Kline as a man hired to impersonate the president in the comedy "Dave"
Produced "Space Jam" the animated/live-action film starring Michael Jordan opposite Bugs Bunny
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (May 5)
Produced Howard Stern's "Private Parts," an autobiographical story of his rise to shock jock success, based on his bestselling novel
Entered into a five-year partnership with Thomas Pollock and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment to form a production company
Directed Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in the romantic comedy "Six Days Seven Nights"
Produced the comedy "Road Trip" written and directed by Todd Phillips
Produced the Todd Phillips comedy "Old School" starring Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell
Directed the comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson
Produced his son, Jason Reitman's film, "Up in the Air"; shared an Oscar nomination with his son for Best Picture
Produced the comedy "I Love You, Man" starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
Directed the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher