R.I.P. Michael Winner (1935 - 2013)

British filmmaker Michael Winner has passed away aged 77 at his home in Kensington, his wife has confirmed today. Born in Hampstead, London in 1935, Winner began his career as a showbiz columnist before securing his first writing credit in 1958, penning the script for Montgomery Tully's Man with a Gun. Several writing and directing credits soon followed before helming his feature-length debut in 1962 with the nudist comedy Some Like It Cool. Several British features followed throughout the decade, including four of six contributions with Oliver Reed - The System (1964), The Jokers (1967), I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) and Hannibal Brooks (1969) - the latter of which attracted the attention of Hollywood.

In 1971, winner directed his first American feature Lawman, before embarking on a series of collaborations with Charles Bronson, including Chato's Land (1972), The Mechanic (1972), The Stone Killer (1972) and what would ultimately be his best-known feature, 1974's Death Wish. Following Death Wish, Winner branched out
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