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‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Director Arthur Penn Dead at 88 After Making Mark in Movies, TV

Sep 29, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The director of acclaimed films "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Miracle Worker," Arthur Penn, died Tuesday at his home in New York at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure, The New York Times reports.

Penn was one of the pioneers of the Golden Age of television in the 1950s, directing teleplays for shows such as "Playhouse 90." After success in television, on Broadway and in the movies, late in life Penn returned to TV to executive produce NBC’s "Law & Order" with his son, director Matthew Penn.

Arthur Penn was nominated three times for Oscars as best director, for “The Miracle Worker” (1962), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) and “Alice’s Restaurant” (1969), but never won the award. He received an Emmy nomination for “Playhouse 90” in 1958 and another as part of the producing team behind “Law & Order” for its 2001 nomination.

He also directed “Little Big Man” (1970), “Night Moves” (1975) and “The Missouri Breaks” (1976), among many other films.

Arthur Penn is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Mauer.

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