British director Michael Anderson died in his home in British Columbia on April 25, according to his family. He was 98.
The legendary director made his mark with films such as the epic war movie “The Dam Busters,” which tells the story a bombing raid over Germany. The family announced his death Sunday and said it was due to heart disease, according to Fox News.
Anderson was born in 1920 into a theatrical family in London and served in the army during World War II. It didn’t take long for him to get his feet wet cinematically, creating “Private Angelo” in 1949, which was co-directed with Peter Ustinov.
The 1955 adventure film “The Dam Busters” is the story of a bombing raid into Germany’s heartland. It became an instant classic with the British people and helped inspire the final attack scene on the Death Star in “Star Wars.”
Following the success of “The Dam Busters,” Anderson directed “Around the World in 80 Days,” a big-budget all-star adventure that garnered five Academy Awards in 1957, including best picture.
In all, Anderson made three dozen films. Some of his other notable successes include “Logan’s Run,” a 1976 sci-fi film that has become a cult classic, and “Operation Crossbow,” which starred Sophia Loren.
Anderson is survived by his third wife, Adrianne Ellis, a son, his two stepchildren and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His stepdaughter Laurie Holden tweeted a response to his stepfather’s passing.
A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Anderson’s home over the summer.
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