British filmmaker Alan Parker is dead. According to his family, he died at the age of 76 after a long illness.
Parker was particularly successful in the 1970s and 1980s – with films such as 12:00 a.m. – Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, Angel Heart, Evita and Mississippi Burning – The Root of Hate. He also had great success with the films Fame, The Commitments and Pink Floyd – The Wall.
He has received ten Oscars, ten Golden Globes and 19 British Academy Film Awards for his films. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 for his achievements in the film industry. Parker was committed to the British film industry and was chairman of the British Film Institute and the UK Film Council.
Film producer David Puttnam called Parker “his oldest and closest friend”. Director Nick Murphy praised him as a “huge talent”. “Alan Parker has made so many wonderful films. Just wonderful,” he wrote on Twitter.
Parker was very creative – he wrote novels and essays about the making of all his films and drew cartoons. He surprised the film world when he announced his retirement a few years ago. “Directors don\’t improve with age,” he said. “They repeat themselves, and although there are exceptions, their work doesn\’t generally improve.” Instead, he devoted himself to painting.
Parker was born in London on 14 February 1944. He leaves behind a large family: wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his five children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.
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