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."

“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."

Cheadle said:

“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:

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