'Bullitt' director Peter Yates dies aged 81

10th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

British filmmaker Peter Yates, the director of the classic movie "Bullitt" starring Steve McQueen, has died at the age of 81, his agents in London said Monday.

"Peter Yates, film director and producer, aged 81, beloved and loving husband to Virginia, father to Toby and Dr. Miranda, and grandfather to Teddy and Beatrice Plum, died on 9th January 2011," agents Judy Daish said.

He died in London after a long illness, they said, adding that his family would hold a small, private funeral and a memorial would follow later.

Yates made his directorial debut in 1963 with "Summer Holiday" starring singer Cliff Richard, but is probably best known for "Bullitt", a 1968 thriller starring McQueen as a San Francisco policeman and featuring an epic car chase.

Yates was nominated for a BAFTA award for the film, and was later nominated for Oscars for 1979's "Breaking Away" and 1983's "The Dresser".

© 2011 AFP

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