Weintraub had a career in the entertainment industry spanning five decades, first as a promoter for musicians like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley before entering the film business as a producer in the 1970s—but it was his outsized personality and talent for storytelling that friends remembered today.
“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,” said George Clooney in a statement. “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.”
Former President George H.W. Bush also honored Weintraub, characterizing his longtime friend as “an American original, who earned his success by the sheer force of his instinct, drive, and larger-than-life personality.”
“He had a passion for life, and throughout the ups and downs of his prolific career it was clear just how much he loved show business,” said Bush.
As news of Weintraub’s death spread, many more took to Twitter to remember the legendary Hollywood figure.
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/ebN7p8ptULJuly 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.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.July 6, 2015
He has stopped talking. RIP Jerry Weintraub.July 6, 2015
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