Bush 41, Brad Pitt, George Clooney Mourn 'American Original' Jerry Weintraub
Celebrities are mourning the loss of Hollywood movie producer Jerry Weintraub, who died yesterday of cardiac arrest at the age of 77.
Weintraub produced hits like “Karate Kid” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” remakes.
Former President George H.W. Bush released a statement, calling Weintraub “an American original, who earned his success by the sheer force of his instinct, drive, and larger-than-life personality.” Weintraub, a longtime friend of the former president, produced HBO documentary "41."
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) July 6, 2015
“Ocean’s Eleven” stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle were among the celebrities who paid tribute to Weintraub.
Clooney said in a statement:
"In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub. We’ll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn’t know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him."
Pitt’s statement read:
"He was an absolute original. I loved him and will genuinely miss him."
“Jerry was to me equal parts Godfather, rainmaker, caretaker, PT Barnum and friend. I am happier for having known him. He will be sorely missed.”
“Karate Kid” star Ralph Macchio also remembered the iconic producer:
So sad at loss of Jerry Weintraub, you were 1 of a kind, my friend. Last of a breed. So glad I got to be "that kid" pic.twitter.com/ebN7p8ptUL
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) July 6, 2015
Read more celebrity reactions below.
Shocked to learn of the passing of Jerry Weintraub. I just saw him last week. This is a great loss to show business, what a legend.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) July 6, 2015
Jerry Weintraub is larger than life. He was a giant in Hollywood & his heart was so big it lit up the town. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 6, 2015
Just heard Jerry Weintraub has died. He was a giant and a good friend. No Jerry, no "Diner" No "Karate Kid"... And a lot less fun. RIP.
— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) July 6, 2015
Thank you Jerry Weintraub for some of the greatest shows we've ever seen on Earth. There will only be ONE Jerry Weintraub.
— rachael ray (@rachaelray) July 6, 2015
J Weintraub also passed away! RIP.. Truly incredible man. His book - essential reading for anyone interested in the entertainment industry.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) July 6, 2015