Acclaimed British film director Sir Alan Parker died on Friday after a lengthy illness at the age of 76.
Parker was best known for directing Fame, Evita and Bugsy Malone but other hit movies that he worked on included Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments and Angela’s Ashes.
His last movie as a director was in 2003, The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet.
Parker also directed Pink Floyd’s musical film The Wall starring Bob Geldof which was released in 1982.
Knighted in the UK in 2002
Born in London in 1944, he began working in advertising as a copywriter but soon moved on to writing and directing commercials.
He was an original member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and chairman of the UK Film Council.
Parker received a knighthood from the British queen in 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Moran-Parker, five children and seven grandchildren.