• Martin Ballard

Legend that brought us Ghostbusters has passed!

Ivan Reitman, the influential film-maker and producer behind beloved comedies including Ghostbusters (1&2!), Animal House and Twins, has died at the age of 75.

Ivan passed peacefully in his sleep on Saturday night at his home in Montecito, California, his family told the Associated Press.

No cause of death was given as they seek privacy at this very sad time.

In 1975, he produced the off-Broadway National Lampoon Show, starring Bill Murray, John Belushi, Brian Doyle-Murray, Gilda Radner and Harold Ramis – it showed the talent of the man that these unknowns went on to star in not only other films of his but many, many blockbusters between them.

The film that shot Ivan to fame was the raucous, college fraternity sendup National Lampoon’s Animal House, which he produced.

He also directed Bill Murray in his first starring role in Meatballs and then again in Stripes but we have to salute him for bringing us the 1984 epic - Ghostbusters.

Not only did the irreverent supernatural comedy – starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson & of course Sigourney Weaver; it earned two Oscar nominations and was The catalyst for a varied franchise including a sequel, spin-offs, games and television shows.

As a notable achievement the 2021, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was directed by Reitman’s son Jason, also a film-maker, and produced by Reitman.

What a fitting end to a career of a man who’s brought so much joy to many - proton wands bowed folks, Capt Reitman is passing through!! RIP sir!

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