Peter Yates, Oscar-Nominated Director of ‘Breaking Away,’ ‘Bullitt,’ ‘The Dresser,’ Dead at 82

Jan 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Film director and producer Peter Yates, best known for "The Dresser," "Breaking Away" and "Bulliitt," died Sunday in London following a long illness, at the age of 82, reports Deadline.com.

The British-born Yates was nominated for Oscars as best director for “Breaking Away” (1979) and “The Dresser” (1983), and both of those films also received nominations for best picture. Earlier in his career he worked in television, including helming a number of episodes of the 1960s spy dramas "The Saint" with Roger Moore and “Secret Agent” with Patrick McGoohan.

Among his big-screen successes, Yates directed Robert Redford in "The Hot Rock" (1972) and Barbra Streisand in "For Pete’s Sake" (1974). He capped off his directing career with a return to television for the TV movies ‘Don Quixote” (2000) and “A Separate Peace” (2004).

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