Alan Parker, Manager of”Midnight Express,” dies at 76

Collectively his films obtained 10 Academy awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards.

In a statement, the family said Parker died Friday in London following a lengthy illness.

Parker was born in London in 1944 and, like several other aspiring British directors such as Ridley Scott, started his career in marketing.

He moved into television with critically acclaimed 1974 play”The Evacuees,” which won an International Emmy Award

The following year he also wrote and directed his first feature,” Bugsy Malone,” an odd and lush musical pastiche of all gangster movies using a cast of kids, such as a young Jodie Foster.

He followed with”Midnight Express,” the narrative based in an American’s harrowing incarceration at a prison. It won two Oscars and obtained Parker that a best-director nomination.

Parker ranged broadly across genres and subjects. “Shoot the Moon” was a family play, “Angel Heart” an occult thriller and”Mississippi Burning” a highly effective civil rights drama that has been nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Parker was a prominent director of musicals, a genre that he embraced and expanded. “Fame” was a gritty but celebratory narrative of life in a performing arts high school; “Pink Floyd — that the Wall” was a surreal rock opera; “The Commitments” charted a ramshackle Dublin soul band; and”Evita” throw Madonna as Argentine first lady Eva Peron at a big-screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical.

He had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.

Fellow manager David Puttnam said Parker”was my earliest and closest friend — I was constantly in awe of his ability. My entire life and those of others who loved and admired him will not ever be the same again.”

He’s survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his kids Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.