Belfast Telegraph

Hollywood director Lumet dies at 86

Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of acclaimed films such as Network, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and 12 Angry Men, has died. He was 86.

Lumet's death was confirmed by Marc Kusnetz, the husband of the director's step-daughter, Leslie Gimbel.

Lumet was nominated for Academy Awards four times as a director. He never won, but he did receive an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2005.

Network, a scathing view of the television business, proved to be his most memorable film and created the enduring catch phrase: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

Many of his films, including Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, showed the grittier side of New York City.

His film directing debut was 1957's 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda.


From Belfast Telegraph