'Bullitt' Director Peter Yates Dies at 81

7:34 AM PST 01/10/2011 by Ralf Ludemann
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His agent Judy Daish confirmed the four-time Oscar nominee died Sunday after battling a long illness.

 

LONDON -- Director Peter Yates died Sunday, his agent confirmed Monday morning. He was 81.

Probably most famous for the 60′s cop thriller Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, Yates had a string of cult titles to his name, including the Robert Redford-starrer The Hot Rock in 1972, The Deep in 1977, the 1979 coming-of-age/cycling drama Breaking Away, the 1983 Oscar-nominated drama The Dresser and 1983's Krull!

He was nominated for four Oscars, two as director and two as producer, for Breaking Away and The Dresser.

Most recently, he returned to directing for television, helming adaptations of John Knowles' A Separate Piece and Cervantes' Don Quixote.

His last feature film was Curtain Call in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Pope, his son and a daughter.

A private family funeral will be held.

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