British filmmaker Peter Yates died in London on Sunday. He was 81. Yates was nominated for four Academy Awards during his four-decade career, two for his 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. The Dresser, his 1983 adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, starring Albert Finney, was rewarded with five Oscar nominations. He also made such memorable films as Krull, The Deep, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, and Suspect, but he may be best remembered for directing Steve McQueen in 1968’s stylish cop movie, Bullitt. Yates is survived by his wife, Virginia, a son and a daughter.
Posted January 10 2011 — 10:21 AM EST
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