Thom Geier
June 19, 2010 AT 12:49 PM EDT

British filmmaker Ronald Neame, whose directing credits include 1972’s Poseidon Adventure and 1969’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 99. Neame began his long movie career as an assistant cameraman on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 film Blackmail, the first British feature made with sound. He went on to work as a cinematographer, director, screenwriter, and producer of dozens of films. He received three Oscar nominations, for the special effects on One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) and for co-writing Brief Encounter (1945) and Great Expectations (1946). On the latter two films, Neame also served as a producer with David Lean and Anthony Havelock-Allan under a short-lived but fruitful partnership called Cineguild.

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