Oscar Nominated Director Peter Yates passed away over the weekend at the age of 82. While his name may not be familiar, he was a cutting edge director who helped launch the careers of many of the best actors of the 70s and 80s.
It was through his works that Dennis Quaid, Nick Nolte, Daniel Stern, William Hurt, and Morgan Freeman all got their feet wet in Hollywood.
Who was director Peter Yates?
Peter Yates was an Academy Award nominated director who grew up in England. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before moving to Los Angeles and working his way up through the movie ranks from dubbing assistant and to director.
As a director, he specialized primarily in thrillers and is credited with creating the first cinematic car chace in the film Bullitt. Throughout his career he earned four Oscar nominations — Best Director and Best Producer for Breaking Away in 1979 and Best Director and Best Producer for The Dresser in 1983. His other works include: Summer Holiday, Murphy’s War, Krull, Suspect, and Roommates. Peter Yates is survived by his his wife, Virginia Pope, a son and a daughter.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Peter Yates.