Director Sidney Lumet Dies at Age 86

April 9, 2011

Sidney Lumet diesAward winning director Sidney Lumet dies at his New York home at the age of 86. Among his big screen triumphs were such titles as Serpico (1973), 12 Angry Men (1957), and Network (1976).

His death was today announced by Marc Kutnetz, the husband of Lumet’s stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel. Kutnetz said he’d died in the night following a long battle with lymphoma, which is a type of cancer.

12 Angry Men was typical of his best work, it was a deeply considered, tightly written problem picture which was also his first big screen movie. Ever since then, along with idealistic problem pictures, he’d been channeling much of his time and efforts into literary adaptations of plays and novels, New York based black comedies and big stylish pictures. 

Lumet was also responsible for the first wave of directors to make a transition from TV to movies. He was known for being one of the most reliable directors of the last half-century. He won an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his outstanding services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture. Lumet’s last work was the drama, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007).

Lumet was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1924 to Baruch Lumet who was an actor, director producer and writer and his Mother Eugenia Wermus was a dancer.

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