What they’re saying about the death of Ivan Reitman

Canadian filmmaker Ivan Reitman, the man behind iconic movies like “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes” died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night at his home in California at age 75.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1946, Reitman and his family came to Canada when he was only four-years old. He studied music and drama at McMaster University.

“Ghostbusters” gave Reitman a significant boost in his career. The film was nominated for Oscars and grossed millions worldwide. He also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The news of Reitman’s passing left many in tears. People quickly took to social media to express their grief and offer their condolences to the family.

Paul Feig, director of a 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot, tweeted that he was in shock after hearing the sad news and was honoured to work next to Reitman. “All of us in comedy owe him so very much,” he said.

Canadian Diplomat Bob Rae talked about Reitman’s personality and character, calling him a “hugely gifted and funny man.”

Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani called Reitman a legend and said that “Ghostbusters” was his favourite movie ever.

American screenwriter Jon Hurwitz (“Kobra Kai” and “Harold and Kumar” films) remembered Reitman for his kindness and support.

“Freddy’s Dead” actor Breckin Meyer said, “He was encouraging, brilliant and pretty much right about everything.”

Phil Lord is an executive producer of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” He talked about the feedback Reitman gave him when he was allowed to see early cuts of a “Spiderman” movie.

Eric Alper, the SiriusXM host, recalled many of Reitman’s movies in his tribute.

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“Stripes” cast member John Larroquette said Reitman was his inspiration.


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