‘Death Wish’ Director Michael Winner Dead at 77
Michael Winner, the British director of more than 30 movies, many of which starred the likes of Charles Bronson, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and Marlon Brando, has died from illness at the age of 77.
Winner got his start in the UK as a newspaper showbiz writer and film critic before moving into short films and documentaries. Making the jump to feature films, Winner was best known for working in the action and thriller genres.
His biggest success was found in America when he made Death Wish, starring Bronson as a law-abiding citizen who becomes a vigilante when his wife and daughter are attacked. Criticized for its violence at the time, Death Wish went on to be a commercial success, and Winner directed its first two sequels. Winner took criticism of his films in stride: “If you want art, don’t mess about with movies,” he once said. “Buy a Picasso.”
Later in life, Winner found success as a restaurant critic with his long-running column, “Winner’s Dinners”, in The Sunday Times newspaper. He continued writing this column into December 2012.
You can see all of Winner’s highest-ranked films on Flickchart here.