Alan Parker, an influential British filmmaker, has died pursuing a prolonged disease, Deadline reports. The two-time Oscar nominee was 76.
Parker was recognised for his movies like Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning and The Commitments. He also directed Madonna in the 1996 drama Evita. Through his profession, he was honored with a number of awards for his films, earning 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars in overall.
The influential director was deeply concerned in United kingdom cinema, encouraging produce the Administrators Guild of Fantastic Britain and performing as founding Chairman of the British isles Film Council for 5 yrs. In 1995, he was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Buy of the British Empire (CBE), and was later on knighted in 2002.
Parker was born in London in 1944. Before pivoting to movie, he labored in the promoting entire world as a copywriter. His introduction to cinema began with creating and directing commercials, and by the late 1960’s he had proven a profession as a director, functioning together with Ridley Scott, Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lyne.
In 1975, Parker wrote and directed Bugsy Malone, his initial feature film. A younger Jodie Foster starred in the gangster spoof musical with a solid manufactured up solely of youngsters. Bugsy Malone went on to get paid 8 BAFTA movie nominations and 5 awards. Parker’s next movie, Midnight Express, was released in 1978. The controversial prison drama was a crucial strike, earning two Oscars and 6 Academy Award nominations, as well as six Golden World Awards and 4 BAFTA awards. Parker also gained his 1st Academy Award nomination for Best Director.
In the decades that followed, Parker continued to develop strike movies, including Fame, Shoot the Moon, Birdy, and the X-rated thriller Angel Heart. Parker acquired his second Best Director nomination for 1988’s Mississippi Burning, a civil rights drama starring Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman. The film, which received the Silver Bear at the Berlin Global Film Festival, gained 7 Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA Awards.
Parker directed his last film, The Existence of David Gale, in 2003. The death row drama starred Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney. In 2013, Parker was awarded the BAFTA fellowship. He is survived by his spouse, Lisa Moran-Parker, his 5 young children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and his seven grandchildren.