LONDON (AP) â€” British filmmaker Alan Parker, whose movies included â€œBugsy Malone,â€ â€œMidnight Expressâ€ and â€œEvita,â€ has died at 76.
A statement from the directorâ€™s family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness.
Parker was one of Britainâ€™s most successful directors, whose diverse body of work includes â€œFame,â€ Mississippi Burning, â€œThe Commitments and â€œAngelaâ€™s Ashes.â€ Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards at 19 British Academy Film Awards.
Parker also championed Britainâ€™s film industry, serving as the chairman of the British Film Institute and the U.K. Film Council. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.
Fellow director David Puttnam said Parker â€œwas my oldest and closest friend â€“ I was always in awe of his talent. My life, and those of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again.â€
He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.
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