Peter Yates Dies Aged 82

January 10, 2011 by  
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Peter Yates1Esteemed British director Peter Yates has died aged 82. The Hampshire-born film director passed away yesterday in London, having suffered a long illness.

Nominated for four Oscars throughout his career, the director began working in the film industry in the 1950s, and directed his first film – Summer Holiday – in 1963.

But is was with Robbery, his stylistic 1967 crime thriller, that Yates made the industry sit up and take notice, the film earning accolades for its depiction of the ’63 Great Train Robbery.

But the masterpiece for which he will most be championed was Bullitt, his 1968 cop thriller starring Steve McQueen, which famously brought to life the climbs and troughs of San Francisco.

The director earned his first Oscar nomination in 1979 for Breaking Away, before landing further nominations a few years later with drama The Dresser.

Yates’ last completed project before his death was 2004 Showtime TV movie A Separate Peace, which received a Daytime Emmy nomination. He will be missed by a national still struggling to thrust out British directors under the global spotlight.

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