It’s a sad day for director Danny Leiner fans. The Dude, Where’s My Car director breathed his last on Saturday. The director, famous for his slapstick comedies, died at the age of 57 at his home in Los Angeles after a rather long battle with cancer. Representatives of the director confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ross Putman, one of Leiner’s closest friends and collaborators confirmed his death in a Facebook post.
Leiner was a leader of sorts in the popular slacker comedies genre with movies like The Sopranos, Arrested Development, Gilmore Girls, Sports Night, Flashback, We Got Next among many others to his credit. But it’s his blockbuster film Dude, Where's My Car?, starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, that put him on the map. The film earned a whopping $73.2 million at the box office. Leiner’s famous directorial ‘Harold & Kumar’ resulted in two sequels, but they weren’t directed by him.
His Harold & Kumar stars John Cho and Kal Penn took to their respective social media handles to remember the man. Cho said Leiner was a ‘sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion’ while Penn described him as a ‘funny, thoughtful, encouraging person’.