Parker’s extensive filmography has also boasted success including “The Commitments,” “Fame,” “Birdy,” “Angel Heart” and “Angela’s Ashes.”
The filmmaker, himself a two-time Oscar nominee, scored a glut of other distinctions for his work; His feature films have won 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars, according to the BFI.
He died on Friday after a long illness, according to their statement. He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his fifth children, and seven grandchildren.
“Alan Parker was a chameleon,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote on Twitter. “His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us a strong sense of time and place. Extraordinary talent, he will be greatly missed.”;
Composer “Avoid” Andrew Lloyd Webber added that he was “very sad” to hear of Parker’s death. “My partner and collaborator on the film Avoid and one of the few directors who really understands on-screen musicals.”
Parker’s catalog of screen hits stemming from colorful musicals such as “Fame,” the cult story of a group of students at a New York City performing arts school, up to ” Mississippi Burning “, a rising picture of racial tensions in the Deep South loosely based on the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers.
Those films, and much more than his vast canon, won the Parker BAFTA Fellowship Award in 2013 – the highest distinction awarded by Britain’s leading film academy.
Parker also received the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995, and then of knighthood in 2002. He was a founding member of the Directors of the Guild of Great Britain, the founding president of the UK Film Council. , and president of the BFI from 1998 to 1999.
“He brought us joy with Bugsy Malone, The Commitments, Midnight Express and much more,” the BFI said on Friday.
“His incredible run of successes as a British filmmaker has given me immense inspiration,” British director Edgar Wright wrote. “I’m so sad to hear Alan Parker’s track. What a great director he did what I consider ‘real’ films,” added actor Ben Stiller. “Watch his movies – they’re some of the best of the 70’s and 80’s.”
CNN’s Lauren Kent and Sarah Dean contributed to the reporting.