Director of hit comedy movies such as Dude, Where’s My Car, and Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, Danny Leiner, passed away on the 18th of October at the age of 57. Danny’s former co-producer, Ross Putman, was the one who announced the news, which Deadline later confirmed.
Danny died following an extended struggle with lung cancer. Putman said on Facebook that Danny was a “professional,” and that he refused to make anything that wasn’t his best.
Putman described him as “sharp,” “sardonic,” and “savvy,” adding that he had a deep-seeded love for comedy and culture. “The world has lost a good one,” the producer remarked.
Other celebrities to speak out on his death included John Cho and Kal Penn, who both starred in Harold and Kumar. Cho said he was “so saddened” to hear about his death.
Rip Danny Leiner. Thank you for putting up with that young actor who thought he knew way too much way too soon in his career. ….and theeeeen? No and then!
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) October 21, 2018
As you may know, Leiner made his first movie in 1996, Layin’ Low, featuring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco. After that, he directed Dude, Where’s My Car, and Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.
The second film was named by Rolling Stone in their list of 50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century, as well as one of the 10 Best Stoner Movies Of All Time.
Additionally, Leiner worked on other productions including How To Make It In America, The Sopranos, The Office, Freaks and Geeks, as well as Arrested Development. The last movie he helmed was 2009’s Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach, and he also worked on a 2014 episode of Selfie, where he collaborated again with John Cho.
While the general public may not be familiar with Danny Leiner, those who work in the industry know of his achievements. Fans of stoner comedy, however, will undoubtedly remember him as one of the best in the field.