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Alan Parker, heralded director of 'Fame,' 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Mississippi Burning,' dies aged 76

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

poses in the press room at the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013 in London, England.

Alan Parker, the celebrated British director whose credits include adored musicals "Fame," "Evita" and "Bugsy Malone" and gritty crime dramas "Mississippi Burning" and "Midnight Express," has died aged 76, the British Film Institute said in a statement on behalf of his family.

London (CNN)Alan Parker, the celebrated British director whose credits include adored musicals "Fame," "Evita" and "Bugsy Malone" and gritty crime dramas "Mississippi Burning" and "Midnight Express," has died aged 76, the British Film Institute said in a statement on behalf of his family.

The filmmaker, himself a two-time Oscar nominee, scored a glut of other accolades for his work; his feature films have won 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars, according to the BFI.

"Alan Parker was a chameleon," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote on Twitter.

"Evita" composer Andrew Lloyd Webber added he was "very sad" to hear of Parker's death.

Parker's catalog of screen hits flitted from colorful musicals like "Fame," the cult story of a group of students at a notorious New York City performing arts school, to "Mississippi Burning," a soaring depiction of racial tensions in the Deep South loosely based on the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964.

Those films, and many more from his vast canon, earned Parker a BAFTA Fellowship Award in 2013 -- the highest accolade given by Britain's leading cinema academy.

He was a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, the founding chairman of the UK Film Council, and chairman of the BFI from 1998 to 1999.

"So sad to hear of Alan Parker's passing.

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