Director Sidney Lumet Passes Away at Age 86


Director Sidney Lumet, who brought us such classic films as 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and Fail-Safe, died on Saturday at the age of 86.

Lumet directed more than 40 movies and shot many of his movies in his native New York.

Lumet received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2005. He previously had been nominated for Oscars five times without winning: as best director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982); and for best screenplay as co-writer of Prince of the City (1981). His films were nominated for more than 50 Oscars.

From 1964 to 1976, Lumet directed 18 films, including Fail-Safe, The Pawnbroker, The Group, The Anderson Tapes, Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express, Dog Day Afternoon and Network.

He continued to direct films well into his 80s.

Born on June 25, 1924, Lumet served as an Army radar technician in World War II, then worked as a stage actor in New York before directing acclaimed live TV dramas during the 1950s. He was married four times.

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