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Ivan Reitman, 'Animal House' producer, 'Ghostbusters' director, dies at 75

 the influential filmmaker and producer behind beloved comedies from "Animal House" to  has died. He was 75. 


A HUSBAND, FATHER, AND GRANDFATHER WHO TAUGHT US TO ALWAYS SEEK THE MAGIC IN LIFE," SAID JASON, CATHERINE, AND CAROLINE REITMAN.

 forever

We take solace in the fact that his work as a filmmaker brought joy to so many others. "While we mourn privately, we hope his films will live on forever."

His big break came with "National Lampoon's Animal House," which he produced.

National Lampoon's 

He directed Bill Murray in his first starring role in "Meatballs" and then again in "Stripes," but his most significant success came with 1984's "Ghostbusters." 

Not only did the irreverent supernatural comedy starring Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis gross nearly $300 million worldwide

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" was released last year and earned two Oscar nominations. Jason Reitman, his son, directed.

GHOSTBUSTERS

Another is Six Days Seven Nights. Beethoven, Old School, and EuroTrip were among his son's creations.