Alan Parker, ‘Bugsy Malone,’ ‘Midnight Categorical’ director, lifeless at 76

Alan Parker, ‘Bugsy Malone,’ ‘Midnight Express’ director, dead at 76


Alan Parker, a profitable and typically stunning filmmaker whose numerous output contains “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Categorical,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his household stated.

A Briton who turned a Hollywood heavyweight, Parker additionally directed “Fame,” “The Commitments and “Mississippi Burning.” Collectively his films gained 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Movie Awards.

The director’s household stated he died Friday in London after a protracted sickness.

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Parker was born in London on Feb. 14, 1944, and, like many different aspiring British administrators of his technology, together with Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne, started his profession in promoting as a copywriter and director of commercials.

FILE - British actor Jonathan Pryce, from left, American actress-singer Madonna and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas appear at a news conference about the musical film "Evita" with British director Alan Parker in Buenos Aires on Feb. 6, 1996. Parker, whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at the age of 76. A statement from the director’s family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness. (AP Photo/Daniel Muzio, File)

FILE – British actor Jonathan Pryce, from left, American actress-singer Madonna and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas seem at a information convention in regards to the musical movie “Evita” with British director Alan Parker in Buenos Aires on Feb. 6, 1996. Parker, whose films included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Categorical” and “Evita,” has died on the age of 76. A press release from the director’s household says Parker died Friday in London after a protracted sickness. (AP Picture/Daniel Muzio, File)

He moved into tv with critically acclaimed 1974 drama “The Evacuees,” which gained an Worldwide Emmy Award.

The subsequent 12 months he wrote and directed his first characteristic, “Bugsy Malone,” an uncommon, exuberant musical pastiche of gangster movies with a solid of kids, together with a younger Jodie Foster.

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He adopted that with 1978 characteristic “Midnight Categorical,” the reality-based story of an American’s harrowing incarceration in a Turkish jail for alleged drug offenses. It gained two Oscars — together with one for Oliver Stone’s script — and gained Parker the primary of two best-director nominations.

Parker ranged extensively throughout topics and genres. Whereas “Shoot the Moon” (1982) and “Angela’s Ashes” (1999) had been household dramas, ”Birdy” (1984) was a story of conflict and friendship, “Angel Coronary heart” (1987) an occult thriller and “Mississippi Burning” (1988) a robust civil rights drama that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, together with finest director.

FILE - British actor John Hurt, from left, American actor Brad Davis, author Billy Hayes, and British director Alan Parker appear in Cannes, France for the screening of their film "Midnight Express" at the 31st International Film Festival on May, 18, 1978. Parker, whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at the age of 76. A statement from the director’s family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness. (AP Photo, File)

FILE – British actor John Damage, from left, American actor Brad Davis, creator Billy Hayes, and British director Alan Parker seem in Cannes, France for the screening of their movie “Midnight Categorical” on the 31st Worldwide Movie Pageant on Could, 18, 1978. Parker, whose films included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Categorical” and “Evita,” has died on the age of 76. A press release from the director’s household says Parker died Friday in London after a protracted sickness. (AP Picture, File)

Parker was additionally a notable director of musicals, a style he each embraced and expanded. “Fame” (1980) was a gritty however celebratory story of life at a performing arts highschool; “Pink Floyd — the Wall” (1982) was a surreal rock opera; “The Commitments” (1991) charted the ups and downs of a ramshackle Dublin soul band; and “Evita” (1996) solid Madonna as Argentine first girl Eva Peron in a big-screen model of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. His last movie was death-row drama “The Lifetime of David Gale” in 2003.

Parker additionally championed Britain’s movie trade, serving as chairman of the British Movie Institute and the U.Ok. Movie Council. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, and in 2013 acquired the British movie academy’s highest honor, the BAFTA Fellowship.

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The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences tweeted: “From Fame to Midnight Categorical, two-time Oscar nominee Alan Parker was a chameleon. His work entertained us, related us, and gave us such a robust sense of time and place. A unprecedented expertise, he shall be vastly missed.”

“Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher stated Parker “inadvertently modified my life on the age of 9” by casting Fletcher as Babyface in “Bugsy Malone.” He stated he nonetheless will get acknowledged from the movie, 45 years later.

Sir Alan Parker attends the opening of the Lyric Hammersmith's Reuben Foundation Wing and "Bugsy Malone" at the Lyric Hammersmith on April 28, 2015, in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Lyric Hammersmith)

Sir Alan Parker attends the opening of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Reuben Basis Wing and “Bugsy Malone” on the Lyric Hammersmith on April 28, 2015, in London, England. (Picture by David M. Benett/Getty Photos for Lyric Hammersmith)

Fletcher stated Parker “was one of many nice, numerous, eclectic and unique British filmmakers of his technology and my private directing hero.”

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Fellow British filmmaker David Puttnam stated Parker “was my oldest and closest buddy — I used to be at all times in awe of his expertise. My life, and people of many others who beloved and revered him, won’t ever be the identical once more.”

Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond movies, stated Parker’s movies “exhibited the weather of his character that we so cherished; integrity, humanity, humor and irreverence and rebel, and most actually leisure.”

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Parker, she stated, “by no means made the identical movie twice.”

Parker is survived by his spouse Lisa Moran-Parker, kids Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and 7 grandchildren.



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