‘Pink Floyd: The Wall’ Director Alan Parker Dead At 76

Alan Parker, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker who directed Pink Floyd‘s The Wall, passed away on Friday at the age of 76. He was reportedly suffering from an unnamed illness for a long time.

“We’re deeply saddened to learn that British filmmaker Alan Parker passed away this morning. Also a former Chairman of the BFI, his works as director include Midnight Express, The Commitments and Angela’s Ashes,” the British Film Institute tweeted.

In a career spanning three decades, Parker directed a wide variety of genres, including gangster, musical projects, crime thrillers and comedies. His first feature film was 1976’s Bugsy Malone.

He earned two Oscar nominations for Best Director– the first for 1978’s Midnight Express and second for 1988’s Mississippi Burning.

In 1982, he directed the film Pink Floyd: The Wall. The movie is considered a cult classic among fans, although neither Parker nor Pink Floyd band members were satisfied with the film.

“When I go to film festivals and they show my films, they always include The Wall, and it’s always packed out,” he said in 2016. “So, it always appears wimpy to say I hated making it. I have mellowed a bit and say it was a ‘tortured but highly creative time’ – not to be repeated.”

Pink Floyd: The Wall won two BAFTAs for Best Original Song and Best Sound.

(Photo: Lisa Moran Parker)

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