Actor and screenwriter Ben Best has tragically passed away just one day before his
Ben Best, co-created and co-wrote both Eastbound & Down with Danny McBride
and The Foot Fist Way with McBride and Jody Hill.
Confirmation of the writer-performers death came from Rough House Pictures,
who made a post on their Instagram. “It’s with heavy hearts we say goodbye to
our good buddy Ben Best. We lost him the day before he would have turned 47,”
they wrote. “A hell of a friend and a creative force. He inspired us and made us laugh.”
Gone way too soon. We love and miss you.”
The company is run by long-time pals and frequent collaborators, Danny McBride,
David Gordon Green and Jody Hill.
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Best met McBride and Hill at the UNC School of the Arts in North Carolina before
later going on to star alongside his friends on the big screen.
The trio worked on The Foot Fist Way together in 2008, where Best played Chuck
“The Truck” Wallace.
Seth Rogen led the tributes to the late star, dubbing him a “genius.”
“RIP Ben Best. I remember seeing him as Chuck The Truck in Foot Fist Way and
thinking ‘I have to work with this man.’
“I’m honored I got work with him, and even more so and that I got to hang out with
him and just be in his company,” he wrote in a tweet.
The pair joined forces to work on Superbad and Observe and Report.
Comedian Tony Cavalero, who played Dewey Finn in the Nickelodeon’s School of
Rock, said: “So sorry to hear. Praying for his family and friends.”