Blake Edwards passed away last night at at 88 due to complications of pneumonia, The Associated Press has confirmed.
A classic Hollywood talent, Edwards spent more than six decades working as a writer, director and producer, bringing to the screen films like The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Days of Wine and Roses among many others.
Though his last credited film was 1993’s Son of the Pink Panther, Edwards has been a long-celebrated talent, earning a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2004.
Edwards is survived by five children and his wife, actress Julie Andrews. The pair had been married since 1969 and collaborated on a number of films, including Darling Lili and 10.
The clip below features a classic example of Edward’s comedy with Peter Seller starring in The Return of the Pink Panther.