Alan Parker, heralded director of ‘Fame,’ ‘Bugsy Malone’ as well as also also ‘Mississippi Burning,’ dies aged 76

Parker’s extensive filmography also boasted hits including “The Commitments,” “Fame,” “Birdy,” “Angel Heart” as well as also also “Angela’s Ashes.”

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

He died on Friday after a lengthy illness, according to their statement. He can be survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his all 5 children, as well as also also seven grandchildren.

“Alan Parker was a chameleon,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts as well as also also Sciences wrote on Twitter. “His work entertained us, connected us, as well as also also gave us such a strong sense of time as well as also also place. An extraordinary talent, he will be greatly missed.”

Parker directs Madonna on the set of "Evita" in 1997.

“Evita” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber added he was “very sad” to hear of Parker’s death. “My friend as well as also also collaborator on the Evita movie as well as also also one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen.”

Parker’s catalog of screen hits flitted through colorful musicals like “Fame,” the cult story of a group of students at a notorious brand-new York City performing arts school, to “Mississippi Burning,” a soaring depiction of racial tensions inside Deep South loosely based on the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964.

Those films, as well as also also many more through his vast canon, earned Parker a BAFTA Fellowship Award in 2013 — the highest accolade given by Britain’s leading cinema academy.

“This kind of’s as important as anything I have ever been awarded. This kind of means an enormous amount to me,” he told BAFTA at the time.

Parker also received the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995, as well as also also then a knighthood in 2002. He was a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, the founding chairman of the UK Film Council, as well as also also chairman of the BFI through 1998 to 1999.

“He brought us joy with Bugsy Malone, The Commitments, Midnight Express as well as also also many more,” the BFI said on Friday.

“His incredible run of hits as a British filmmaker gave immense inspiration to me,” British director Edgar Wright wrote. “So sad to hear of Alan Parker’s passing. What a great director who made what I consider ‘real’ movies,” added actor Ben Stiller. “Watch his films — they are some of the best of the 70s as well as also also 80s.”

CNN’s Lauren Kent as well as also also Sarah Dean contributed reporting.

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