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London (ANI): British filmmaker Peter Yates passed away in London
on Sunday following an illness. He was 81. He left behind his wife
Virginia Pope, a son and a daughter, reports the BBC. The family
will hold a private funeral, according to his agent Judy Daish.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Yates started
out as an actor before becoming an assistant director on such films
as The Guns of Navarone and A Taste of Honey. He
made his directorial debut in 1963 with Cliff Richard vehicle
Summer Holiday, going on to make episodes of The Saint
and Danger Man.
Bullitt, his first US film, followed a year later,
casting McQueen as the head of a police unit guarding a man about
to testify against his mobster brother. Yates was nominated for the
best director Oscar in 1980 for Breaking Away, and again
in 1984 for The Dresser.