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'Pink Floyd: The Wall' Director Alan Parker Dead At 76

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Alan Parker, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker who directed Pink Floyd's The Wall, passed away on Friday at the age of 76. He was reportedly suffering from an unnamed illness for a long time.

"We're deeply saddened to learn that British filmmaker Alan Parker passed away this morning. Also a former Chairman of the BFI, his works as director include Midnight Express, The Commitments and Angela's Ashes," the British Film Institute tweeted.

In a career spanning three decades, Parker directed a wide variety of genres, including gangster, musical projects, crime thrillers and comedies. His first feature film was 1976's Bugsy Malone.

He earned two Oscar nominations for Best Director-- the first for 1978's Midnight Express and second for 1988's Mississippi Burning.

In 1982, he directed the film Pink Floyd: The Wall. The movie is considered a cult classic among fans, although neither Parker nor Pink Floyd band members were satisfied with the film.

"When I go to film festivals and they show my films, they always include The Wall, and it's always packed out," he said in 2016. "So, it always appears wimpy to say I hated making it. I have mellowed a bit and say it was a 'tortured but highly creative time' - not to be repeated."

Pink Floyd: The Wall won two BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound.

(Photo: Lisa Moran Parker)

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