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Dude, Wheres My Car? director Danny Leiner dies aged 57

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Dude where's my car director dies aged 57
Dude, Wheres My Car? director Danny Leiner dies aged 57 (Picture: Rex)

Dude, Wheres My Car? director Danny Leiner has sadly passed away aged 57.

His collaborator, and close friend, Ross Putman took to Facebook and confirmed that the star died after a long illness.

In a tribute to his pal, he broke the news to fans and revealed that it hadnt really sunk in for him yet.

He wrote: Today I found out that my friend and collaborator Danny Leiner passed away after a long illness.

Danny was one of the producers with me on the first real film I ever made; he was not only gracious in sharing the job with some newbies just getting their sea legs, but taught us a great deal in the process.

John Cho who starred in Leiners Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle took to Twitter to express his sadness (Picture: Getty Images)

And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished—which he helped champion for years.

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He added: If theres one thing I can say about Danny the professional, its 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 hasnt really sunk in yet, but the world has lost a good one.

And since Im feeling blue, and maybe you are too, a watch of his seminal comedy HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE might be just the ticket to cheer you back up. I cant imagine hed discourage you from doing it.

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. Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences.

— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) October 20, 2018

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

Ashton Kutcher, who plays Jesse in the cult film Dude, Wheres My Car?, also paid tribute and thanked the late director for propelling him into the limelight.

He said: 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!

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Danny was known for his films, but also directed several episodes of a range of TV series, including Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and The Sopranos.

John Cho who starred in Leiners Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle took to Twitter to express his sadness when hearing the news.

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He 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.

Danny was so sharp, so funny, and a great dinner companion. To his friends and family, my deepest condolences.

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