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Filmmaker Michael Winner dies at 77

January 21, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, British director and producer, Michael Winner, signs copies of his autobiography, Unbelievable!, at a central London venue. Film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner has died, his wife Geraldine announced Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. He was 77. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)

LONDON (AP) — “Death Wish” director Michael Winner, a British filmmaker, restaurant critic and bon vivant, died Monday. He was 77.

Winner’s wife, Geraldine, said he died at his London home after an illness.

Winner’s 30 movies included three “Death Wish” films starring the late Charles Bronson. Many of his features sit at the schlockier end of the spectrum, but he also worked with Hollywood icons including Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and Faye Dunaway.

One of his earliest films was the 1962 nudist feature “Some Like It Cool”; later, he specialized in thrillers and action movies, including “The Mechanic,” ”Scorpio” and the violent “Death Wish” series.

Winner never took criticism of his films too seriously.

“If you want art, don’t mess about with movies,” he once said. “Buy a Picasso.”

Born in London in 1935, Winner was writing a Login to read more

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