Hollywood Pays Tribute to Brad Grey

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"He was always good to me, in the small passing moments we had," tweeted 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn.

Many in Hollywood were stunned Monday morning by the news that Brad Grey, former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, had died.

Grey died of cancer at age 59. He exited Paramount in February after 12 years at the studio.

As news sunk in, many were quick to pay tribute to the former executive. Below, read what some of them had to say.

Martin Scorsese: "Brad Grey was a true friend, and he genuinely loved movies. Our professional relationship started with The Departed, which he basically shepherded into existence — sadly, he is uncredited as a producer on that picture, but that’s the title he deserved. He and I worked together on every picture I made since — all the way through Silence, and he was always extremely protective of the creative process, very careful to keep it separate from all infighting and financial entanglements — in other words, the business. Like so many of Brad’s friends, I'm in a state of shock."    

Viacom CEO and president Bob Bakish: "Brad Grey was an extraordinary talent with a passion and gift for storytelling that won’t be forgotten. He has left an incredible legacy at Paramount and across the entire entertainment industry, from the beloved hit franchises he developed for both film and television, to the countless individuals he mentored and supported throughout his career. All of us at Viacom and Paramount mourn his passing, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

Sumner and Shari Redstone of Viacom, parent company of Paramount: "We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend, Brad Grey, whose tremendous kindness and talent inspired so many of us in the entertainment industry. His vision and leadership at Paramount Pictures brought iconic films and programs to audiences around the world. We are so grateful for Brad’s friendship and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Cassandra, and their family."

Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos: "All of us at Paramount are deeply saddened by the news of Brad Grey's passing. He was at the helm of the studio for over a decade and was responsible for so many of its most beloved films. We extend our deepest sympathies to Cassandra, Max, Sam, Emily and Jules Grey, along with Brad's mother, brother and sister. I was proud to call Brad a friend, and one I greatly admired. He will be missed by us all, and left his mark on our industry and in our hearts."

Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger: "I was stunned and saddened to learn of Brad Grey’s passing. He was a dear friend, a respected colleague, and a great guy.  He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.  My thoughts are with his wife Cassandra, his children, and his entire family."

United Talent Agency chairman Jim Berkus: "Brad Grey was a colleague, collaborator and, most importantly, a great friend. As a talent executive, he fought for his clients and helped stretch the boundaries of tradition to enable his clients to do great things. As a studio executive, he was committed to making movies that would stand the test of time. He created a legacy in our industry that will have a lasting impact. All of UTA mourns his loss, and we will miss him greatly." 

Brillstein Entertainment Partners: "Brad was a unique force in our business and a self-made man. Brad helped forge a new paradigm in representing artists, and worked to reinvent how a management company can serve its clients.  Our hearts go out to his family, whom he loved dearly.  As a company, we are indebted to his legacy."

Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the MPAA: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brad Grey, a colleague and friend. As a producer and industry leader, Brad brought great storytelling to audiences around the world, and his contributions to the creative community will be enjoyed for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

HBO: "All of us at HBO are heartsick to learn of the passing of our colleague and friend Brad Grey. From his early days as a founding partner of Brillstein-Grey, he brought many great comedic artists to HBO, and of course one of TV’s most iconic shows, The Sopranos, for which he served as executive producer. More importantly he was a friend, supporter, and cheerleader for all of us for many years. We will miss him very much. Our heart goes out to his entire family."