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Death Wish director Michael Winner dies

January 22nd, 2013 by Marc Comments

Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Winner has died, aged 77.

Best known for helming the popular Death Wish franchise starring Charles Bronson, the director passed away at his home after suffering heart and liver problems over the past two years.

Winner’s last film as director and producer was 1998’s Parting Shots and in recent years, he has worked as a restaurant critic for the Sunday Times. He’s survived by his wife Geraldine who reported the news saying: “A light has gone out in my life”.

Many stars paid tribute to the director including John Cleese who said: “I have just heard the very sad news about Michael. He was the dearest, kindest, funniest and most generous of friends. I shall miss him terribly.”

Sir Roger Moore added:  “Kristina and I, and our families, were so sorry to hear the sad news of Michael’s passing. All of his life he was a controversial figure, but was a hugely talented director and the most amusing host you can ever imagine. I will miss him – he was a true friend.”

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….