Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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

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

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

Leiner, who was 57 when he died on Oct. 18, was also known for directing TV series including one episode of “The Sopranos” and the successful film comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?” in 2000. 

Leiner’s brother, Ken, told the Hollywood Reporter that the director died after a long illness, having been diagnosed with cancer. 

“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” released in 2004, stars John Cho and Montclair native Kal Penn as friends living in Hoboken who embark upon an epic mission for White Castle after getting stoned and contracting a strong case of the munchies. Their fast food fantasy is seemingly thwarted at every turn. On their way to a White Castle in Cherry Hill, they find themselves in Newark, Princeton and the wilderness of South Jersey.

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

The film, written by Randolph’s