Ivan Reitman


Director, Producer

About

Born
October 27, 1946

Biography

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 Dav...

Family & Companions

Genevieve Robert
Wife
Married in September 1976.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Draft Day (2014)
Director
No Strings Attached (2011)
Director
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Director
Evolution (2001)
Director
Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Director
Fathers' Day (1997)
Director
Junior (1994)
Director
Dave (1993)
Director
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Director
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Director
Twins (1988)
Director
Legal Eagles (1986)
Director
Ghostbusters (1984)
Director
Stripes (1981)
Director
Meatballs (1979)
Director
Cannibal Girls (1973)
Director
Foxy Lady (1971)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Hollywood Christmas Parade (1990)
The Canadian Conspiracy (1986)

Writer (Feature Film)

Ghostbusters (2016)
Source Material
Legal Eagles (1986)
Story By
Legal Eagles (1986)
From Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Baywatch (2017)
Producer
Father Figures (2017)
Producer
Ghostbusters (2016)
Producer
Draft Day (2014)
Producer
Hitchcock (2012)
Producer
No Strings Attached (2011)
Producer
The Uninvited (2009)
Executive Producer
Post Grad (2009)
Producer
Hotel for Dogs (2009)
Executive Producer
Chloe (2009)
Producer
I Love You, Man (2009)
Executive Producer
Up in the Air (2009)
Producer
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2008)
Executive Producer
Disturbia (2007)
Executive Producer
Eurotrip (2004)
Executive Producer
Killing Me Softly (2003)
Executive Producer
Old School (2003)
Executive Producer
Evolution (2001)
Producer
Road Trip (2000)
Executive Producer
Beethoven's 3rd (2000)
Executive Producer
Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Producer
Fathers' Day (1997)
Producer
Commandments (1997)
Executive Producer
Private Parts (1997)
Producer
Space Jam (1996)
Producer
The Late Shift (1996)
Executive Producer
Junior (1994)
Producer
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
Executive Producer
Dave (1993)
Producer
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Producer
Beethoven (1992)
Executive Producer
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Producer
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Producer
Casual Sex? (1988)
Executive Producer
Twins (1988)
Producer
Feds (1988)
Executive Producer
Big Shots (1987)
Executive Producer
Legal Eagles (1986)
Producer
Ghostbusters (1984)
Producer
Spacehunter (1983)
Executive Producer
Heavy Metal (1981)
Producer
Stripes (1981)
Producer
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Producer
Blackout (1978)
Executive Producer
Rabid (1977)
Executive Producer
Death Weekend (1976)
Producer
Shivers (1975)
Producer
Cannibal Girls (1973)
Executive Producer
Foxy Lady (1971)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

Foxy Lady (1971)
Editor

Music (Feature Film)

Rabid (1977)
Music
Death Weekend (1976)
Music Supervisor
Shivers (1975)
Music
Foxy Lady (1971)
Music

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Ghostbusters (2016)
Other
Ghostbusters (2016)
Screenplay (Uncredited)

Cast (Special)

Unseen Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House (2003)
Reel Comedy: Evolution (2001)
Behind the Movies: Animal House (2001)
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood Hero (1999)
Steve Martin: A Comic Life (1999)
Host
The American Presidency: Real to Reel (1999)
Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters (1989)

Producer (Special)

The First Gentleman (1994)
Executive Producer

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Halloween Door (1989)
Executive Consultant

Life Events

1951

Family immigrated to Canada

1971

Directed and produced first feature film, "Foxy Lady"

1974

Produced "They Came From Within/Shivers/The Parasite Murders", David Cronenberg's feature directorial debut

1976

Again worked with director David Cronenberg to produce "Rabid"

1978

First collaboration with Harold Ramis, "National Lampoon's Animal House"

1979

Executive produced "Delta House", the ABC-TV spinoff of "Animal House"

1979

Directed "Meatballs"; first collaboration with Bill Murray

1981

Directed "Stripes," an American comedy starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis

1984

Once again directed Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in the successful feature "Ghostbusters"

1988

Produced and directed "Twins" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito; Schwarzenegger's first lead in a comedy

1989

Reunited with original cast for the sequal "Ghostbusters II"

1990

Re-teamed with Arnold Schwarzenegger for "Kindergarten Cop"

1993

Directed Kevin Kline as a man hired to impersonate the president in the comedy "Dave"

1996

Produced "Space Jam" the animated/live-action film starring Michael Jordan opposite Bugs Bunny

1997

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (May 5)

1997

Produced Howard Stern's "Private Parts," an autobiographical story of his rise to shock jock success, based on his bestselling novel

1998

Entered into a five-year partnership with Thomas Pollock and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment to form a production company

1998

Directed Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in the romantic comedy "Six Days Seven Nights"

2000

Produced the comedy "Road Trip" written and directed by Todd Phillips

2003

Produced the Todd Phillips comedy "Old School" starring Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell

2006

Directed the comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson

2009

Produced his son, Jason Reitman's film, "Up in the Air"; shared an Oscar nomination with his son for Best Picture

2009

Produced the comedy "I Love You, Man" starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel

2011

Directed the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached," starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher

Family

Klara Reitman
Mother
Auschwitz survivor.
Leslie Reitman
Father
Died in 1994.
Jason Reitman
Son
Director, screenwriter.
Catherine Reitman
Daughter
Caroline Reitman
Daughter

Companions

Genevieve Robert
Wife
Married in September 1976.

Bibliography