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Peter James Yates (24 July 1929 – 9 January 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

The son of an army officer, he attended Charterhouse School as a boy, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked for some years as an actor, director and stage manager. In the 1950s he started in the movie industry as a dubbing assistant and later an assistant director for Tony Richardson.

Summer Holiday (1963), his first film as director, was a "lightweight" vehicle for Cliff Richard. Yates had directed the original Royal Court production of N. F. Simpson's play One Way Pendulum and was chosen to make the film version released in 1964. Robbery (1967), a crime thriller, is a fictionalised version of the Great Train Robbery of 1963. This led to Bullitt (1968), of which Bruce Weber has written, "Mr. Yates’s reputation probably rests most securely on “Bullitt” (1968), his first American film — and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic."

Yates was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Bullitt (1968). Yates produced and directed Breaking Away (1979), which was nominated for five Academy Awards ("Oscars") including Best Director and Best Film for Yates. Yates also produced and directed The Dresser (1983), which was an adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play. The film received seven BAFTA and five Oscar nominations, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film and for Best Direction and the Academy Award for Best Film and for Best Director for Yates. The Dresser was also entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival.

Yates died in London on 9 January 2011. He was 81 years old.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peter James Yates (24 July 1929 – 9 January 2011) was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

The son of an army officer, he attended Charterhouse School as a boy, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked for some years as an actor, director and stage manager. In the 1950s he started in the movie industry as a dubbing assistant and later an assistant director for Tony Richardson.

Summer Holiday (1963), his first film as director, was a "lightweight" vehicle for Cliff Richard. Yates had directed the original Royal Court production of N. F. Simpson's play One Way Pendulum and was chosen to make the film version released in 1964. Robbery (1967), a crime thriller, is a fictionalised version of the Great Train Robbery of 1963. This led to Bullitt (1968), of which Bruce Weber has written, "Mr. Yates’s reputation probably rests most securely on “Bullitt” (1968), his first American film — and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic."

Yates was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Bullitt (1968). Yates produced and directed Breaking Away (1979), which was nominated for five Academy Awards ("Oscars") including Best Director and Best Film for Yates. Yates also produced and directed The Dresser (1983), which was an adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play. The film received seven BAFTA and five Oscar nominations, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film and for Best Direction and the Academy Award for Best Film and for Best Director for Yates. The Dresser was also entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival.

Yates died in London on 9 January 2011. He was 81 years old.

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Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 35

Birthday 1929-07-24

Day of Death 2011-01-09

Place of Birth Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2004 A Separate PeaceDirector
2000 Don QuixoteDirector
1998 Curtain CallDirector
1995 The Run of the CountryDirector
1995 RoommatesDirector
1992 Year of the CometDirector
1989 An Innocent ManDirector
1988 The House on Carroll StreetDirector
1987 SuspectDirector
1985 EleniDirector
1983 The DresserDirector
1983 KrullDirector
1981 EyewitnessDirector
1979 Breaking AwayDirector
1977 The DeepDirector
1976 Mother, Jugs & SpeedDirector
1974 For Pete's SakeDirector
1973 The Friends of Eddie CoyleDirector
1972 The Hot RockDirector
1971 Murphy's WarDirector
1969 John and MaryDirector
1968 Danger Man in TokyoDirector
1968 BullittDirector
1967 RobberyDirector
1964 One Way PendulumDirector
1963 Summer HolidayDirector
1962 The Saint(7 episodes)Director
1961 A Taste of HoneyAssistant Director
1961 The Guns of NavaroneAssistant Director
1960 Danger Man(5 episodes)Director
1960 The EntertainerAssistant Director

Production

1993 Needful ThingsExecutive Producer
1988 The House on Carroll StreetProducer
1981 EyewitnessProducer
1979 Breaking AwayProducer

Acting

2007 Movie Connections(1 episode)
1968 'Bullitt': Steve McQueen's Commitment to Reality as Himself

Writing

1967 RobberyScreenplay

Crew

1997 Good Will HuntingThanks

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