UPDATE: Brad Pitt, who starred in the Ocean’s Eleven films, is the latest to publicly mourn television and film producer Jerry Weintraub, who died at age 77.
Said Pitt: “He was an absolute original. I loved him and will genuinely miss him.”
Here is a sampling of the reactions. Refresh for the latest…
“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.”
Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros:
“Jerry Weintraub was the consummate producer. He was creative, driven and could make projects come together like nobody else in the business. Warner Bros. was fortunate to have a relationship with Jerry for almost four decades, including several projects currently in production. He was a true original and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”
“I’m stunned,” said Gould who has known Weintraub 1960. “He was a great friend and extremely supportive. I recently heard from him just to see how I was. He’s been on my mind. I am absolutely shocked. He was the kind of guy who seemed to be bigger than reality. He was so totally human no matter how he acted or projected himself, down deep he was totally human. It’s all so new and fresh that there is going to be some real mourning because he did so much for so many of us. My thoughts are with his Jane and his family.”
Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO, and Michael Lombardo, president of programming, HBO:
“Jerry was part of our family and we are devastated by his passing. He was not only an incredibly gifted producer but a singular life force. He made everything we did together a joy. There is a great hole left without him.”
Bob Daly, Former Warner Bros chairman:
“Jerry was a great guy. He was one of a kind. There are not many left like him. I met him when he was an agent at William Morris before he met (his wife) Jane (Morgan). He had a long career over so many years and continued to work up until the day he died. He was a very special guy. It was shocking to hear. He will certainly be remembered.”
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