Death of Ivan Reitman: Hollywood pays tribute to the director of Ghostbusters

The comedy community and “Ghostbusters” fans everywhere remember Ivan Reitman, who died Saturday at age 75. Actors and filmmakers, including several who have worked closely with Reitman, have paid tribute to the Canadian director and producer who directed the megahit “Ghostbusters” and helped ignite the film careers of comedians like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

Reitman has also directed “Meatballs” and “Stripes,” and produced such films as “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “Space Jam,” “Up in the Air,” and last year’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in a statement, “Tonight the Lady with the Torch weeps, as do all of us at Columbia and moviegoers around the world. Ivan Reitman was an inseparable part of this studio’s legacy, but more than that, he was a friend. A great talent and an even more refined man; He will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to his family.

Actor Kumail Nanjiani called him a “legend”, observing “the number of great films he has made is absurd”.

Emily V Gordon, writer and wife of Nanjiani, said: “What a huge loss. Too many amazing movies to even list here.

2016’s ‘Ghostbusters’ director Paul Feig said, “I’ve had the honor of working so closely with Ivan and it’s always been such a learning experience… All of us in comedy owe him a lot. “

Guy Branum, who appeared in Reitman’s romantic comedy “No Strings Attached,” recalled on Twitter“I have to be in a movie because Ivan Reitman saw me on TV and thought I was funny. He was incredibly nice, incredibly funny, and did so many of my favorite movies. I’m so sorry for the loss of his family.

Actor W. Earl Brown said “Animal House” inspired him to be in movies and “I was thrilled to be cast in ‘Draft Day,’ although as his tweets go, he did It took Reitman a while to gain confidence in his acting.

“Harold and Kumar” writer-director Jon Hurwitz said, “What a legacy of classics” while naming several of Reitman’s well-known titles.

Sam Brown of comedy troupe Whitest Kids U’Know said, “That man was a legend.”

The “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” Twitter posted a photo of him in an original Ghostbusters costume and said “see you on the other side.”

Songwriter Diane Warren wrote, “Thanks for the movies.”

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