Danny Leiner, Director Of ‘Dude, Where’s My Car,’ Dies At 57

Danny Leiner, the film and TV director responsible for films like 'Dude Where's My Car' and 'Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle,' died on Thursday.

He was just 57.

The news was confirmed by Leiner's collaborator Ross Putman, who revealed in a Facebook post that the director has suffered "a long illness."

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“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,” Putman wrote.

Harold & Kumar stars John Cho and Kal Penn also paid respects to Leiner over Twitter, with Cho writing, “Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences," while Penn remembered him as a"funny, thoughtful, encouraging person."

Along with directing the well-known "stoner comedies," Leiner was also a prolific television director with credits on hit series like Arrested Development, Felicity, Gilmore Girls Party of Five, The Sopranos, Freaks and Geeks, The Office, and Sports Night.

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Fans and friends alike also posted tributes to Leiner across Twitter, with many reflecting on their favourite Leiner-directed shows and films.

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