2018-10-30 16:23:09 UTC
He died of lung cancer.
"Danny Leiner, Director Known for Stoner Films, Is Dead at 57"
...Daniel Leiner was born on May 13, 1961, in Manhattan. His father, Marvin, was an education professor at Queens College, and his mother, Anne (Segall) Leiner, was a psychotherapist. He grew up in Brooklyn and in Long Beach, on Long Island, and attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where he first met Ms. Falco, also a student there. He graduated in 1987.
Ms. Mendelson, who was married to Mr. Leiner from 1994 to 1999 and remained a friend, said “Layin’ Low” and “Time Expired” had garnered him enough attention to get him an agent, which led to a job directing “Austin Stories,” an MTV series that ran in 1997 and 1998.
That brought him “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” a comedy about two spaced-out young men (Mr. Kutcher and Mr. Scott, who was fresh off “American Pie”) who wake up after an apparently raucous night and can’t remember why their refrigerator is full of pudding or why their car is missing. The movie was unloved by most critics; reviews carried headlines like “Dude, Don’t Waste Your Time” and “Dude, Where’re the Laughs?”
From left, John Cho as Harold, Neil Patrick Harris as himself and Kal Penn as Kumar in Mr. Leiner’s “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004), the first film in what became a franchise.CreditSophie Giraud/New Line Cinema
It was Mr. Leiner, though, who had the last laugh: The film, with an estimated budget of $13 million, made more than $73 million worldwide at the box office and went on to a lucrative afterlife of rentals and sales.
Four years later he was the director of choice for “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,”...