Ivan Reitman, the man behind such classics as Ghostbusters and Animal House, has passed away at age 75. According to the initial report from AP News, Reitman “died peacefully in his sleep at his home.”

Reitman was born in Komárna, Czechoslavokia in 1946. His mother was an Auschwitz survivor, and his father owned “the country’s biggest vinegar factory.” The Reitman family escaped and headed to Vienna when Ivan was only four years old. Eventually, the family went to a relative in Toronto, Canada.

RELATED: Movie Review: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

While in Toronto, Reitman began to display an inclination toward show business. He eventually attended McMaster University, where he studied music and drama. At this point, he began making short films.

Throughout Reitman’s storied career, he wrote, produced and directed many incredible films. He had a fondness for comedy. Over the years, he worked with countless household names, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford.

Even though Reitman has many film credits on his massive resume, Ghostbusters is arguably his most notable project. The film earned two Oscar nominations and grossed an impressive $300 million at the worldwide box office. This number is an incredible feat for a supernatural comedy.

Additionally, it spawned multiple sequels, spinoffs, a television series and an animated series. The latest installment in the franchise, directed by Reitman’s son Jason Reitman, hit theaters in 2021.

Reitman’s children, Jason, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman, released a joint statement:

Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life. We take comfort that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless others around the world. While we mourn privately, we hope those who knew him through his films will remember him always.

Reitman was a powerful force in the film industry and will be missed by many.

Let us know in the comments which one of Reitman’s films is your favorite.

NYCC 2021: GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Panel Explores the Franchise’s Legacy