Ashton Kutcher is among those paying tribute to film director Danny Leiner who died aged 57 after a long illness.
Dude, Where’s My Car film director Danny Leiner has died aged 57.
Friend and producer Ross Putman announced the news on Twitter as actor Ashton Kutcher paid tribute to the cult filmmaker.
Ross wrote: “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 wrote. “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.”
Kutcher, who starred in the 2000 film Dude, Where’s My Car?, wrote: “Rip Danny Leiner,” he wrote. “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!”
Leiner, who also was the man behind Harold & Kumar and its two sequels, died on October 19.
Actor John Cho wrote: “I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Danny Leiner, who became my friend when he directed Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle,” Cho wrote. “Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences.”
He also directed several episodes of a range of popular TV comedy series, including Freaks and Geeks , Gilmore Girls , Arrested Development , The Sopranos and The Office.