Robert Allan Ackerman, Acclaimed Director for Stage and Television, Dies at 77

Robert Allan Ackerman, the respected filmmaker who directed Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Penn, and Anne Bancroft in stage and television plays, has died 77 years old.

Ackerman died of renal failure on Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a family spokeswoman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ackerman, a Brooklyn native, and protégé of legendary theater producer Joseph Papp won two of his five career Emmy nominations for directing and producing Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, starring Judy Davis.

After two years, Ackerman received two additional Emmy nominations for directing Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, which starred Anne Bancroft and Helen Mirren, and for executive producing the HBO telefilm My House in Umbria, which starred Maggie Smith.

Ackerman directed Pacino in Oscar Wilde’s Salome on Broadway in 1992, and they reconnected in 2017 when Pacino played Williams in God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Ackerman also had a successful career in Japan, where he worked extensively and introduced challenging Western works to the stage, such as Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

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