Danny Leiner, ‘Harold & Kumar’ and ‘Sopranos’ director, dead at 57

Danny Leiner, 'Harold & Kumar' and 'Sopranos' director, dead at 57

Director Danny Leiner, who helmed the New Jersey-set stoner comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Fortress,” has died.

Leiner, who was 57 when he died on Oct. 18, was moreover recognized for steering TV sequence along with one episode of “The Sopranos” and the worthwhile film comedy “Dude, The place’s My Car?” in 2000.

Leiner’s brother, Ken, instructed the Hollywood Reporter that the director died after an prolonged illness, having been acknowledged with most cancers.

“Harold & Kumar Go to White Fortress,” launched in 2004, stars John Cho and Montclair native Kal Penn as buddies dwelling in Hoboken who embark upon an epic mission for White Fortress after getting stoned and contracting a sturdy case of the munchies. Their fast meals fantasy is seemingly thwarted at every flip. On their technique to a White Fortress in Cherry Hill, they uncover themselves in Newark, Princeton and the wilderness of South Jersey.

John Cho and Kal Penn in ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Fortress.’ (New Line Cinema)

The film, written by Randolph’s Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, spurred sequels in 2008 and 2011.

“Danny’s humorousness alone must get him into heaven, to not level out he was an all through cool dude,” Schlossberg tweeted on Saturday.

“We misplaced an incredible man within the current day,” Hurwitz tweeted. “‘Harold & Kumar Go To White Fortress’ was not solely my first film, however moreover my first time on set. I was there daily, because of Danny demanded it. Most writers don’t get that remedy. And it fast tracked my path to directing. Thanks, outdated buddy.”

Penn, 41, a graduate of Freehold Township Extreme School, remembered Leiner.

“Very sad to check that our buddy Danny Leiner handed away,” he tweeted on Saturday. “We initially obtained to know each other when he directed Harold & Kumar Go To White Fortress. Sending my wish to his family & buddies. He was such a humorous, thoughtful, encouraging specific individual.”

Cho, 46, moreover memorialized Leiner.

“Danny was so sharp, so humorous, and an incredible dinner companion,” he tweeted. “To his household and associates, my deepest condolences.”

Ashton Kutcher, 40, who starred alongside Seann William Scott in “Dude, The place’s My Car?” moreover remembered Leiner.

Very sad to check that our buddy Danny Leiner handed away. We initially obtained to know each other when he directed Harold & Kumar Go To White Fortress. Sending my wish to his family & buddies. He was such a humorous, thoughtful, encouraging specific individual.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) October 20, 2018

“Rip Danny Leiner,” he tweeted. “Thanks for putting up with that youthful actor who thought he knew methodology an extreme quantity of methodology too rapidly in his occupation. ….and theeeeen? No after which!”

Leiner directed the episode of “The Sopranos” titled “Luxurious Lounge” in 2006, all through which Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) tries to advertise Ben Kingsley on starring in his movie endeavor with Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. (Ray Abruzzo). The episode featured Lauren Bacall.

Leiner moreover directed episodes of “The Tick,” “Arrested Progress,” “Felicity,” “Gilmore Ladies,” “Get collectively of 5” and HBO’s “The Ideas of the Married Man.”

The director, who grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, first met “Sopranos” star Edie Falco as soon as that they had been every school college students on the State School of New York at Purchase. Leiner directed Falco and John Leguizamo throughout the fast film “Time Expired” in 1992, and teamed up as soon as extra with Falco for “Layin’ Low” in 1996 and “The Good New Unbelievable” in 2005, about life in post-Sept. 11 New York Metropolis.

Amy Kuperinsky is also reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Comply along with her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Fb.

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