Commitments director Alan Parker has died aged 76 Movies / 16 hrs

Commitments director Alan Parker has died aged 76 Movies / 16 hrs

Commitments director Alan Parker has died aged 76 Movies / 16 hrs

Alan Parker was known for his varied filmmaking styles.

Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such films as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died aged 76.

A spokesperson for the family confirmed in a statement that he died on Friday morning "following a lengthy illness".

He wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone, in 1975 - a musical pastiche of Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a cast of children.

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He followed that with Midnight Express, the story based on an American's harrowing incarceration in a Turkish prison.

His work won him the first of 19 BAFTA awards - this one for Best Director. His streak would continue with the six Oscar-nominated and two-winning teen musical drama Fame, the Golden Globe-nominated drama Shoot the Moon, the infamous film adaptation of Pink Floyd - The Wall, the Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage-starring adaptation of Birdy and the Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro-starring psychological horror pic Angel Heart, all of which received generally positive-to-rave reviews though the latter two were box office disappointments.

He also directed Pink Floyd's cult musical The Wall in 1982, the U.S. racial injustices drama Mississippi Burning in 1988, and the cheerful 1991 musical comedy drama The Commitments, based on the eponymous novel by the Irish writer Roddy Doyle.

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the film industry in 1995, and was knighted in 2002.

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British actor Jonathan Pryce, from left, American actress-singer Madonna and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas appear at e news conference about the musical film Evita with British director Alan Parker in Buenos Aires in 1996.

"His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us such a strong sense of time and place", it said in a tweet, calling him "a chameleon" for his ability to bend genre and change with the times.

Fellow British filmmaker David Puttnam said Parker "was my oldest and closest friend - I was always in awe of his talent".

He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren, according to the BBC.

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