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Also Known As: Died: July 24, 2003
Born: February 16, 1926 Cause of Death: debilitating heart attack
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Made first home movie at age 11 with 9.5mm camera
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During WWII, served as architectural draftsman with Royal Engineers; made amateur film, "Horror"; entertained troops with magic act (fellow performers included Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter)
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Became associate director of Britain's National Theater
1948:
Formed Mount Pleasant Productions with Alan Cooke
1948:
Made 16mm short, "Black Legend"
1951:
Worked with Ngaio Marsh's theater company in Australia and New Zealand and with British repertory companies
1952:
Film acting debut in "Singlehanded"
1958:
Began working for BBC-TV news show, "Tonight"
1961:
Directed first theatrical documentary, "Terminus"
1962:
Directed first feature, "A Kind of Loving"
1965:
Directed the Oscar-winning Julie Christie in "Darling"
1968:
Directed first American film, "Midnight Cowboy"
1972:
Contributed "The Longest," a short film, to the official Munich Olympic film, "Visions of Eight"
1980:
Directed Offenbach centenary production opera, "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" at London's Royal Opera House
1989:
Directed Verdi's opera, "Un Ballo in Maschera," (featuring Placido Domingo) at the Salzburg Festival in July
1998:
Helmed non-musical Showtime movie "The Tale of Sweeney Todd", starring Ben Kingsley in the title role
2000:
Directed the feature "The Next Best Thing", starring Rupert Everett and Madonna

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