British director Peter Yates, best known for directing the 1968 film Bullitt with Steve McQueen, has died.
The four time Oscar nominated director began his career as an assistant director to Tony Richardson, after graduating from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his directorial debut with the 1963 musical film Summer Holiday starring Cliff Richard.
Yates was Oscar nominated in 1980 for coming-of-age drama Breaking Away and again in 1984 for The Dresser. Other credits included The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, Krull and The Deep.
More recently, Yates directed TV adaptations of John Knowles’ A Separate Peace and Cervantes’ Don Quixote. His last feature was the 1999 film Curtain Call.