By DAVID KLEIN CBS NEWS (CBS) — Actor David Schwimmer’s death leaves “The Wire” star Michael Cera devastated.
“I’m very sad for him,” Cera said Wednesday during a call with reporters.
“I’m not sure if it’s the fact that he was just one of those great actors.
I mean, I love Michael C. Reilly, but he was one of the greatest actors I’ve ever met.
And so I just have a great sadness.”
Schwimmer, who died Sunday at age 74, had been battling prostate cancer for about a year.
He was hospitalized last year and recently underwent an experimental treatment to stop his cancer from spreading.
Cera and Reilly, who plays the father of the young man Cera is a part of in the hit HBO show, played onscreen brothers in the HBO drama.
They were both part of the show’s cast that was set up in 2007.
The actor’s death has left Cera and the cast devastated, said Cera, who starred in several movies including “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Taken” and “American Pie.”
“We all lost Michael.
We lost our brother.
And we’re all in a bit of a grief mode right now,” Cesar said.”
It’s like we’re losing a part in our life,” he said.
“There’s no other words to describe it.”
Reilly, a native of New York City, said that he and Cera were close and had played “one of the best and most fun, entertaining and kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with in a long time.”
“I can’t believe what happened to Michael,” he added.
“To have been a part, it’s a really tragic loss.
I think he was the greatest actor to ever play the role.”
Reilly said he has been in touch with Cera’s wife, who is with his mother in a hospital in Los Angeles.
Cesar’s wife and two children are also with her.
“We are all hurting.
We’re all trying to figure it out and get through this.
We’ve got a lot of kids in college,” he told reporters.”
He had the great joy of playing Michael, and we’ve had that joy for a long, long time.
And I know the world has lost one of its great actors,” Cercone said.
Cercone added that his character, the young father, will be remembered as a great actor who was always very kind.
“If you knew him, you’d know he was a great person,” he joked.
“We’re all going to miss him.”