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Michael Winner, director of ‘Death Wish’ films, dies at 77

By Daniel S Levine,

British director Michael Winner, who also became known as a food critic, has died at age 77. He is best known for directing the Death Wish films, which all starred Charles Bronson.

Winner was in declining health as of late. He nearly died in 2007 after a trip to Barbados, where he contracted a bacterial infection, reports The Guardian.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Geraldine, who said, “A light has gone out of my life...Michael was a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous.”

Winner was born in London and started his career at the BBC. He made his directorial debut in 1960 with Shoot to Kill, which was later followed by 1964’s The System. Other films from the ‘60s include The Jokers, I'll Never Forget What's'isname and Hannibal Brooks.

In the 1970s, he went to the US and continued directing crime thrillers, including Scorpio and then Death Wish. He directed two more Death Wish films with Bronson, the last in 1985. According to IMDb, his final credit came in 1998 with Parting Shots.

According to Bloomberg, he later began writing “Winner’s Dinners,” a column in which he criticized restaurants he didn’t like, but praised those he did.

The BBC reports that Winner and his wife married in 2011 during a ceremony with Michael Caine in attendance. She said Winner died on Monday in his home.

 
 

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