Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director George A. Romero

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Hollywood lost an icon on Sunday when legendary horror director George A. Romero died from a battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

Romero is credited with breathing new life into horror movies back in 1968 with “Night of the Living Dead.” As such, many in the film industry — both in front of and behind the camera — took to social media to pay their respects to Romero.

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Celebrities including Kumail Nanjiani, “iZombie” star Rahul Kohli, and “Game of Thrones” actor Mark Gatiss thanked the director for serving as inspiration for their own careers.

“R.I.P. George Romero. A true legend. Started a new genre on his own. Who else can claim that?” Nanjiani wrote.

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Directors including James Gunn, Eli Roth, Guillermo del Toro, and Stephen King also paid tribute to their fellow filmmaker.

“Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you,” King wrote.

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  1. In 1987 George generously invited me up to spend time on set with him during his first studio pic, Orion’s MONKEY SHINES. It was up in Pittsburgh and timing was difficult as news that Hurricane Floyd was headed to South Florida where I lived near George and his family, on Sanibel Island, Florida. I thought about the danger leaving my former wife and two young sons who were 6 and 10 to fend for themselves as the hurricane approached, for quite awhile. Perhaps two…maybe three minutes? :) What fan wouldn’t want a week with George on set? Plus the opportunity to meet Stanley Tucci (fresh off of MIAMI VICE) and the young John Pankow (fresh off TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA) was too much to pass up back then and everything I learned on that trip (the good, the bad, and the ugly) was instrumental in my career which really began the following year. It was a disastrously tough shoot for George who I believe hated the studio pressure especially battling on the cut and ending, and he was probably way too nice a guy who deserved a lot more commercial success for paving the way for so many others. I found out a few days later after arriving in Pittsburgh my family had to evacuate the island for the mainland but no harm/no foul. :) RIP great man and thanks for the memories, generosity, and inspiration. I

  2. KB says:

    Really bummed out right now. I am a fan of his work. Can’t even count how many times I’ve watched his Dead movies. He also helped launch the SFX careers of Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero. I became a fan of the zombie genre, because of his movies. May he rest in peace.

  3. Mike says:

    R.I.P.

    Look, people, I really respect George A. Romero as an artist and an innovator. He was important. Without him, maybe there would have never been “28 days later”, “World War Z” and “The Walking Dead” and so on.

    But it must be said: He only made a few outstanding films in the horror genre & most of his 15 feature films ain’t great.

    You shouldn’t treat him like Jesus.

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