Sir Alan Parker, the famous British director of films such as Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has died at the age of 76.
His many other credits include Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Angela’s Ashes, and Birdy.
A founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, he was also chairman of the UK Film Council.
He died Friday after a long illness and is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.
Sir Alan was awarded the CBE in 1995 and a Knight in 2002.
Born in London in 1944, he began his advertising career as a copywriter but soon graduated in advertising writing and directing.
In 1974 he directed the BBC film The Evacuees, winning a Bafta for Directing – the first of seven awards he received from the British Academy.
In 1984, Bafta awarded him the prestigious Michael Balcon Award for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.
Yet he was never honored at the Oscars, despite being nominated twice for Best Director.
Director David Puttnam remembered Parker as his “oldest and closest friend”, adding: “I have always been impressed by his talent.
“My life and the lives of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again.”
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