Remembering Danny Leiner, The Stoner Movie Virtuoso Behind 'Harold and Kumar' And 'Dude, Where’s My Car?'

This week, cannabis culture lost a notable film and TV director in Danny Leiner, 57, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Leiner is best known for helming smoke sesh staples 'Dude, Where’s My Car?' and 'Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle', as well as episodes of 'Arrested Development,' 'The Office,' and 'The Sopranos.' 

The success of these films led Leiner to become a key figure behind the 'stoner movie' resurgence of the late 90’s and early 00’s. Along the way, he helped jumpstart the film careers of several well-known actors like John Cho, Kal Penn, and Ashton Kutcher—all three of whom honored the late director on Twitter after hearing the news.

Leiner made his first feature film, 'Layin’ Low' - starring Jeremy Piven and Edie Falco in 1996 - and would go on to make four more in his lifetime.

Let's honor the man's oeuvre by revisiting what is arguably the greatest celebrity cameo of all time.


Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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