Legendary director and Oscar and BAFTA award winner Alan Parker has died at the age of 76, the British Film Institute confirmed on Friday
Legendary director Alan Parker has died.
The British Film Institute confirmed the news in a statement today.
Alan was battling a lengthy illness ahead of his death on July 31.
Alan boasted an impressive career, netting a wealth of accolades along the way.
He landed 19 Golden Globes, 10 Oscars and 10 BAFTAs.
The British writer-director, who started his career in the world of advertising commercials, went on to become one of the world's most-celebrated directors.
He directed iconic films such as Bugsy Malone, Fame and the Midnight Express.
With a varied range of movies under his belt, Alan previously admitted he liked to change things up to keep things fresh.
Upon receiving the Academy Fellowship from the British Film Academy in 2013, he said: "I do like to do different things each time."
He had a particular penchant for musical films, directing Evita (1996), which starred Madonna, Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) and The Commitments (1991), in addition to Fame and Bugsy Malone.
In 2015, just two years after receiving the Academy Fellowship, Alan said he was done with the film industry.
He shared: "I've been directing since I was 24, and every day was a battle, every day it was difficult, whether you're fighting the producer who has opinions you don't agree with, the studios, whoever it is," he said. "Film is hugely expensive, and the moment it gets expensive, you've got people you have to serve.
"You duck under the ropes and you get into the ring and I've been punching out all my life to fight for the work. Everybody's who's ever worked with me knows I fight for our right to make our movie the way we want to do it."
The award-winning director, who was born in Islington, London, is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.