Hollywood Reactions: Brad Grey Dead At 59

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Celebrity Reactions Brad Grey Dead

By Andrew Shuster

Celebrity Reactions Brad Grey Dead

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Brad Grey, the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, died Sunday night of cancer. He was 59. Hollywood celebrities have taken to Twitter to mourn and react to the death of the film executive. See stars’ tweets below.

Grey passed away at his Holmby Hills home with friends and family by his side. The well-respected Hollywood figure started his career as a manager, founding the talent management company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment in 1991 along with the late Bernie Brillstein. His former clients included A-listers like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. Grey then became CEO of Paramount Pictures in 2005, overseeing all feature film development and production. His death comes just months after leaving the position in February.

A number of filmmakers are paying tribute to Grey. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said, “Rest In Peace, Brad Grey. He was always good to me, in the small passing moments we had. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.” And G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu said, “Shocked &saddened by the loss of Brad Grey. He was a really good man. Kind &classy and a helluva boss. Oh man the world has lost a gentleman.”

Meanwhile, Selma director Ava DuVernay offered, “Before SELMA was released, he invited me to dinner. Fab stories. Good laughs. And shrewd advice that I still use. May his soul be at rest.” Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan wrote, “Brad Grey. RIP. A total gentleman who never forgot a face. I hadn’t seen him in a number of years & it was like we just spoke yesterday.” And Josh Duhamel simply tweeted, “RIP Brad.”

Additionally, Josh Gad also made note of the death of actor Powers Booth on Sunday, and added, “very sad two days in Tinseltown. RIP to both greats.” “Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan expressed, “So sad to hear about the passing of Brad Grey. He was a thoughtful partner on Just Shoot Me and remained a friend. Sending  to his family.” And Christian Slater noted, “I was lucky to be represented by Brad Grey early in my career. He was kind and brilliant, always genuine and always there. A huge loss.”

Bob Saget conveyed, “I am devastated over the loss of my best friend since I was twenty-two, Brad Grey. My heart is with his family, who are my family.” John Stamos recalled, “At Bernie Brillstein memorial Brad said to me, ‘In the blink of an eye John, it goes so fast, enjoy it all’ I’m in shock.” And legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans wrote, “One of my best friends in Hollywood one of Hollywood’s biggest assets. From CEO of #Paramount to #BrowneUniversity I’m in tears.” Gossip Cop will update.

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