Director Danny Leiner (pictured) of cult classics like Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, died at 57 years of age.

The director of & # 39; Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle & # 39; Danny Leiner, passed away after being only 57 years old & # 39; after a long battle with cancer & # 39;

Leiner, who also directed & # 39; Dude, Where & # 39; s My Car? & # 39 ;, was also prolific on the small screen, directing numerous episodes of television shows that include & # 39; Arrested Development & # 39; , & # 39; The Office & # 39 ;, & # 39; The Tick & # 39 ;, Gilmore Girls & # 39; & # 39; Sports Night & # 39 ;, Freaks And Geeks & # 39 ;, & # 39; The Sopranos & # 39; and & # 39; Strangers With Candy & # 39;

The actors of Harold and Kumar, played by John Cho and Kal Penn respectively, went on Twitter to express their condolences and honor the late director.

"I'm very sad to hear the passing of Danny Leiner, who became my friend when he ordered Harold and Kumar to go to Whitecastle, Danny was so sharp, so funny and a great dinner companion." To his friends and family, my friends heartfelt condolences, "Cho wrote.

Director Danny Leiner (pictured) of cult classics like Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, died at 57 years of age.

Director Danny Leiner (pictured) of cult classics like Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, died at 57 years of age.

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (starring John Cho, right and Kal Penn, left) was a blockbuster and a cult classic that emerged from the "stoner genre" of the early 2000s.

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (starring John Cho, right and Kal Penn, left) was a blockbuster and a cult classic that emerged from the "stoner genre" of the early 2000s.

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (starring John Cho, right and Kal Penn, left) was a blockbuster and a cult classic that emerged from the "stoner genre" of the early 2000s.

Penn pointed out: & # 39; Very sad to know that our friend Danny Leiner passed away. At first we met when he directed Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. Sending my love to your family and friends. He was such a fun, thoughtful and encouraging person.

His brother Ken told The Hollywood Reporter that he died after a battle with cancer, though he did not elaborate on what kind.

& # 39; Friend, where's my car? & # 39; (2000), starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, and & # 39; Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle & # 39; (2004) were considerable blockbusters and both were part of the "stoner genre". that emerged in the early 2000s.

& # 39; Friend, where's my car? & # 39; raised $ 73 million worldwide with a budget of $ 13 million, while & # 39; Harold and Kumar & # 39; he had a budget of $ 40 million and took home $ 102.8 million.

Raised in Park Slope in Brooklyn, Leiner attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where he met future Sopranos star Edie Falco and other actors who started working in the industry shortly after college.

Marla Sokoloff, Seann William Scott, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner in the photo in 'Dude, Where's My Car? & # 39; (2000)

Marla Sokoloff, Seann William Scott, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner in the photo in 'Dude, Where's My Car? & # 39; (2000)

Marla Sokoloff, Seann William Scott, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner in the photo in 'Dude, Where's My Car? & # 39; (2000)

& # 39; I had an imaginary specialization called Social Sciences of Visual Arts. SSVA. I was not a film student, but I had to do whatever I wanted. I would basically get in. "I would make movies, I would do art, I would do photography and I had the opportunity to turn around," he told Ain & t It Cool News in 2006.

"But I had to work on a lot of movies, so I would start working with Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez and Edie Falco and all these great actors and people who started making movies as soon as they left school."

In his review of the September 11 film by Leiner, "The Great New Wonderful" (2005), in The New York Times, A.O. Scott said that Leiner "has an eye for the little absurdities of everyday life and, in particular, for the unrecognized (and unattractive) emotions that lie beneath the careful neutrality of everyday behavior."

He is survived by his brother, his mother Anne, his sister Karen and his nephew and nieces.

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