Alan Parker, acclaimed British filmmaker whose many credits include the 1982 movie adaptation of Pink Floyd‘s concept album The Wall, died Friday after a lengthy illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 76.
A versatile filmmaker, Parker was known for moving fluidly through various genres — from the Civil Rights struggle-themed Mississippi Burning through lighter, more music-oriented movies including 1980’s Fame, the aforementioned Pink Floyd: The Wall, the beloved 1991 film The Commitments, and the Madonna-starring 1996 big-screen adaptation of the stage musical Evita.
Among Parker’s other noteworthy films: Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Birdy, Angel Heart and Angela’s Ashes.
Two of Parker’s movies received Oscar nominations for Best Film and Best Director — Mississippi Burning and Midnight Express.
Pink Floyd: The Wall won two BAFTAs, the U.K. equivalent of the Academy Awards, for Best Original Song and Best Sound.
By Matt Friedlander
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