Danny Leiner, best known for directing films like “Dude, Where’s My Car” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”, has died at the age of 57.
Leiner’s frequent collaborator Ross Putman confirmed his death in a Facebook post, and described its cause as a long illness.
“If there’s one thing I can say about Danny the professional, it’s that he refused to let us settle for anything less than our best.
“He pushed us to do what he knew we were capable of. Danny the person was sardonic, sharp, and savvy, with a love for culture and comedy of all kinds. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but the world has lost a good one,” Putman wrote.
“Harold & Kumar” stars John Cho and Kal Penn also remembered Leiner.
“Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences,” wrote Cho.
“He was such a funny, thoughtful, encouraging person,” Penn tweeted.
Leiner made his directorial debut with 1996 film “Layin’ Low”, starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco.
His second feature film, “Dude, Where’s My Car?” released in 2000. “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) was one of his most popular ventures and had two sequels.
Leiner also directed episodes of “Felicity”, “Freaks and Geeks”, “Party of Five”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Arrested Development”, “The Sopranos”, and “The Office”.
He reunited with actor Seann William Scott from “Dude…” for his final feature film, “Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach”, in 2009.
The director’s last credited work is an episode he directed of ABC’s “Selfie”, which reunited him with Cho.