Danny Leiner, the director of classic stoner comedies Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Dude and Where’s My Car? has died. He was 57 and he reportedly died after a long illness.
Producer Ross Putman, who worked on The Young Kieslowski with Leiner, noted his passing on Facebook. "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," Putman wrote. "And we collaborated a few times after that, including on the film I just finished–which he helped champion for years."
Leiner’s first feature was Layin Low, starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco in 1996. Dude, Where’s My Car? starred Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, and raked in $73.2 million at the box office. In addition to those films and Harold & Kumar, he directed episodes of Freaks & Geeks, Gilmore Girls, The Office, Arrested Development and The Sopranos.