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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 Peace Director
2000 Don Quixote Director
1998 Curtain Call Director
1995 The Run of the Country Director
1995 Roommates Director
1992 Year of the Comet Director
1989 An Innocent Man Director
1988 The House on Carroll Street Director
1987 Suspect Director
1985 Eleni Director
1983 The Dresser Director
1983 Krull Director
1981 Eyewitness Director
1979 Breaking Away Director
1977 The Deep Director
1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Director
1974 For Pete's Sake Director
1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle Director
1972 The Hot Rock Director
1971 Murphy's War Director
1969 John and Mary Director
1968 Danger Man in Tokyo Director
1968 Bullitt Director
1967 Robbery Director
1964 One Way Pendulum Director
1963 Summer Holiday Director
1962 The Saint (7 episodes)Director
1961 A Taste of Honey Assistant Director
1961 The Guns of Navarone Assistant Director
1960 Danger Man (5 episodes)Director
1960 The Entertainer Assistant Director

Production

1993 Needful Things Executive Producer
1988 The House on Carroll Street Producer
1983 The Dresser Producer
1981 Eyewitness Producer
1979 Breaking Away Producer

Acting

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

Crew

1997 Good Will Hunting Thanks

Writing

1967 Robbery Screenplay

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