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Also Known As: Died: January 9, 2011
Born: July 24, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Aldershot, Hampshire, GB Profession: director, producer, dubbing assistant, assistant director

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Yates began staging plays in the British provinces at the age of 19 and worked as an assistant to J. Lee Thompson and Tony Richardson in the early 1960s. He then alternated between film and TV work and made his feature debut with "Summer Holiday" (1963).Yates' early work exhibited a talent for fast-paced action, reflected in such films as "Bullitt" (1968), which included one of the most harrowing car chases ever filmed, and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973). In a change of pace, he directed the coming-of-age comedy-drama "Breaking Away" (1979). During the 1980s Yates crafted a number of fine, character-driven studies such as "The Dresser" (1983) with Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney, "Eleni" (1985) and "Suspect" (1987). In the 90s, he worked sporadically, helming "Roommates" with Peter Falk, and reuniting with Finney for the Irish drama "The Run of the Country" (both 1995).

Yates began staging plays in the British provinces at the age of 19 and worked as an assistant to J. Lee Thompson and Tony Richardson in the early 1960s. He then alternated between film and TV work and made his feature debut with "Summer Holiday" (1963).

Yates' early work exhibited a talent for fast-paced action, reflected in such films as "Bullitt" (1968), which included one of the most harrowing car chases ever filmed, and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973). In a change of pace, he directed the coming-of-age comedy-drama "Breaking Away" (1979). During the 1980s Yates crafted a number of fine, character-driven studies such as "The Dresser" (1983) with Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney, "Eleni" (1985) and "Suspect" (1987). In the 90s, he worked sporadically, helming "Roommates" with Peter Falk, and reuniting with Finney for the Irish drama "The Run of the Country" (both 1995).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Separate Peace, A (2004) Director
2.
  Don Quixote (2000) Director
3.
  Curtain Call (1998) Director
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  Run Of The Country, The (1995) Director
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  Roommates (1995) Director
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  Year Of The Comet (1992) Director
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  Innocent Man, An (1989) Director
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  Suspect (1987) Director
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  Eleni (1985) Director

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Worked as an assistant director for Tony Richardson
1963:
Film directing debut, "Summer Holiday"
1963:
Began directing for TV with "The Saint" (ITV)
1967:
First film as writer (also director), "Robbery"
1968:
US film directing debut, "Bullitt"
1976:
First film as producer (also director), "Mother, Jugs & Speed"
1979:
Had success with the sleeper hit "Breaking Away"; received Oscar nominations as Best Picture and Best Director
1983:
Earned second round of Best Picture and Best Director Academy Award nominations for "The Dresser"
1985:
Directed the biopic "Eleni," starring Kate Nelligan
1987:
Directed "Suspect," which featured Cher as a defense attorney
1995:
Produced and directed "The Run of the Country," starring Albert Finney
1999:
Helmed the TNT miniseries "Don Quixote," starring John Lithgow
2004:
Directed the TV adaptation of "A Separate Peace" for Showtime
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

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wife:
Virginia Pope. Producer.

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son:
Toby Yates. Editor.

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