Acclaimed U.S. Film Director Peter Bogdanovich Dies at Age 82

Acclaimed American film director Peter Bogdanovich died of natural causes on Jan. 6 at the age of 82, his daughter Antonia said.

Film director Francis Ford Coppola said in a statement to Deadline that he was “devastated” by the news of Bogdavonich’s death.

“He was a wonderful and great artist… May he sleep in bliss for eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever,” Coppola said.

Bogdanovich, known for 1970s classics such as “Paper Moon,” started out as an assistant to director Roger Corman, who later gave him support to make his first full-fledged feature film, “Targets,” in 1968.

In 1971, Bogdanovich made “The Last Picture Show,” which earned eight Oscar nominations and won two awards. It made $29 million from a $1.3 million budget, becoming a surprise commercial hit.

The following year, Bogdanovich made screwball comedy, “What’s Up, Doc?”

“What’s Up, Doc?” became the third highest grossing film of 1972 and the American Film Institute later included it in its list of 100 greatest comedies of all time.

In 1973, Bogdanovich made “Paper Moon,” which earned Tatum O’Neal an Oscar for best supporting actress, becoming the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award.

Bogdanovich released his last narrative film, “She’s Funny That Way,” in 2014.

In 2018, Bogdanovich made his final film, “The Great Buster: A Celebration.”

Bogdanovich also wrote several books about films, including “Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors.”

Bogdanovich also appeared on the small screen, playing the recurring role of a smug psychotherapist on HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

Bogdanovich is survived by his two children Antonia and Sashy.


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