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RIP Peter Yates 1928 – 2011: Gone but not forgotten

10 January 2011

Versatile British director Peter Yates has passed away aged 82. The iconic director who once manage racing legend Sterling Moss will forever be remembered for the iconic car chase scene in the Steve McQueen starring Bullitt.

His career spanned over five decades with films including One Way Pendulum, Robbery, John and Mary, Murphy's War and Krull. He received an Oscar nomination for his coming of age drama Breaking Away in 1979, and again in 1983 for The Dresser, based on Ronald Harwood's play.

Recently his work has been on the small screen directing TV adaptations of John Knowles' A Separate Piece and Cervantes' Don Quixote. 1999 saw his final cinematic release Curtain Call. He will be remember fondly and deeply missed, he leaves behind his producer wife Virginia Pope, and by his three children.