Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Sidney Lumet, Famed Director, Dead at 86


Sidney Lumet, the great and famed director of such classic films as “Serpico,” “Network,” “Prince of the City,” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” has passed away from lymphoma at age 86. Lumet had been ill for some time, and people in the New York film community had been visiting with him for weeks to keep his spirits up. You may recall a piece I wrote during Oscar week about Lumet. I knew he was gravely ill, but his family had asked me not to say anything. I knew Sidney a long time, and, as with my friend Robert Altman, admired him. He leave a terrific family including his screenwriter daughter Jenny. Here’s a link to the piece from February. Sidney, New York loved you and vice versa. You will be sorely missed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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