Magazine article Screen International

Michael Winner Dies Aged 77

Magazine article Screen International

Michael Winner Dies Aged 77

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British film director Michael Winner has died aged 77.

Announcing the news, his wife Geraldine said: "Michael was a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life."

Winner, who produced and directed more than 30 films, had been ill for some time and died at his home in Kensington, south London today (Jan 21).

Born in Hampstead in 1935, he began his career as a journalist and film critic. In 1956, he joined Motion Pictures Limited as a writer and editor.

He made his directorial debut in 1960 with Shoot to Kill, based on a story he wrote about a showbiz reporter who becomes embroiled in political intrigue.

After gaining Hollywood attention with his World War II satire Hannibal Brooks in 1969, he made his first film in the US - Lawman, starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Duvall - in 1971. …

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