Well, last week we passed along the unfortunate news that Pete Postlethwaite had died, and now this week Hollywood has lost another Pete. Peter Yates, director of such classics as Bullitt, Murphy’s War, and the Jay Cheel favourite Krull has passed away after a long illness. He also directed The Friends of Eddie Coyle, which turned up at the top of Ben Affleck’s list of best heist films just a few days ago. He was 82 years old.
Yates had a long and fruitful career and directed a wide variety of films in a number of different genres starting with Summer Holiday starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows in 1963. In addition to some of the classic crime films for which is best known, he also directed Peter Benchley’s The Deep, Suspect starring Cher and Dennis Quaid, Year of the Comet, and Mother, Jugs & Speed starring Bill Cosby, Harvey Keitel and Raquel Welch. He also earned Best Director and Best Picture nominations for both The Dresser and Breaking Away. What are your favourite Peter Yates films?