Hollywood mourns the death of 'Oceans' super-producer Jerry Weintraub

Jerry weintraub george clooney matt damon brad pittPascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesAndy Garcia, Jerry Weintraub, Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt attend the premiere for the film ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ in 2007.

Jerry Weintraub died Monday at age 77 of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara. 

The legendary producer worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and George Clooney. He is perhaps most well known for producing “Karate Kid” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise starring Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.

Jerry Weintraub brad pitt angelina jolieKevin Winter/Getty ImagesWeintraub with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney.

“Weintraub was the considered the ultimate showman and a guy who seemed to know and had worked with literally 
everyone. And over decades,” notes Deadline.

The three-time Emmy winner, who was executive producing the HBO political comedy “The Brink” at the time of his death, was also the star of HBO documentary “His Way” and wrote the autobiography “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead.”

After news of Weintraub’s death, his close celebrity friends released statements: 

 George Clooney:

“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.”

Brad Pitt:

“He was an absolute original. I loved him and will genuinely miss him.”

Many other celebrities and Hollywood execs took to social media to mourn the loss:

Watch the trailer for the HBO documentary “His Way” about Weintraub’s career below:


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