‘The Last Picture Show’ Director Peter Bogdanovich Dies at 82
Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, seen here in 1973, passed away at the age of 82 Thursday morning. He was best known for 'The Last Picture Show,' 'What's Up, Doc?' and 'Paper Moon' — the latter of which was released the year this photo was taken. Photo: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Last Picture Show director Peter Bogdanovich has died at the age of 82.
The filmmaker passed away of natural causes on Thursday morning, his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
After starting his career as a film critic, Bogdanovich cemented his status as a talented director with the 1971 coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show, which featured Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ben Johnson, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, and Cybill Shepherd.
The film was a critical and commercial success, garnering eight Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
He went on to helm hits such as 1972’s What’s Up, Doc? starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, 1973’s Paper Moon, and 1985’s Mask. As an actor, Bogdanovich was known for his role as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg in the HBO series The Sopranos.
Following the news, a number of Bogdanovich‘s friends and fans have paid tribute.
Francis Ford Coppola, with whom the New York native formed The Directors company, told Deadline he was “devastated.”
“He was a wonderful and great artist. I’ll never forget attending a premiere for The Last Picture Show. I remember at its end, the audience leaped up all around me bursting into applause lasting easily 15 minutes,” he stated. “I’ll never forget although I felt I had never myself experienced a reaction like that, that Peter and his film deserved it. May he sleep in bliss for eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever.”
While in a Twitter message, Guillermo del Toro praised Bogdanovich‘s legacy.
“He was a dear friend and a champion of Cinema. He birthed masterpieces as a director and was a most genial human. He single-handedly interviewed and enshrined the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation,” he added.