Famed Brit di­rec­tor Parker dead at 76

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be­lieved to be be­tween 16 and 20 years old — ri­fled through the man’s pock­ets, tak­ing his Sam­sung cell phone, a set of keys and some cash before run­ning down 37th Ave., cops said.

Medics rushed the bat­tered vic­tim to Elmhurst Hos­pi­tal, where he was listed in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion with sev­eral bruises, a frac­tured nose and bleed­ing in his brain.

Rel­a­tives said they were con­cerned when the vic­tim didn’t re­turn home after his latenight shift at Toro Bravo Mexican Restau­rant

on Roo­sevelt Ave. Co­work­ers told the Daily News that the vic­tim left the eatery around 1 a.m.

“By the time the po­lice showed up, we hadn’t seen him for four days,” said the vic­tim’s 15-year-old niece. “For all I know he could have been dead. At least he’s still alive.”

“I would never ex­pect it to hap­pen to some­one in our fam­ily,” she said.

No ar­rests had been made.

Alan Parker, a suc­cess­ful and some­times sur­pris­ing film­maker whose di­verse out­put in­cludes “Bugsy Malone,” “Mid­night Ex­press,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his fam­ily said.

A Bri­ton who be­came a Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight, Parker (in­set) also di­rected “Fame,” “The Com­mit­ments” and “Mis­sis­sippi Burn­ing.” To­gether his movies won 10 Acad­emy Awards and 19 Bri­tish Acad­emy Film Awards.

The di­rec­tor’s fam­ily said he died Fri­day in Lon­don after a long ill­ness.

Parker was born in Lon­don on Feb. 14, 1944, and, like many other aspir­ing Bri­tish di­rec­tors of his gen­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing Ri­d­ley Scott and Adrian Lyne, be­gan his ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing as a copy­writer and di­rec­tor of com­mer­cials.

He moved into tele­vi­sion with the crit­i­cally ac­claimed 1974 drama “The Evac­uees,” which won an in­ter­na­tional Emmy Award.

The next year he wrote and di­rected his first fea­ture, “Bugsy Malone,” an un­usual, ex­u­ber­ant mu­si­cal pas­tiche of gang­ster films with a cast of chil­dren, in­clud­ing a young Jodie Fos­ter.

He fol­lowed that with the 1978 fea­ture “Mid­night Ex­press,” the re­al­ity based story of an Amer­i­can’s har­row­ing in­car­cer­a­tion in a Turk­ish prison for al­leged drug of­fenses. It won two Os­cars — in­clud­ing one for Oliver Stone’s script — and gained Parker the first of two best-di­rec­tor nom­i­na­tions.

Parker ranged widely across sub­jects and gen­res. While “Shoot the Moon” (1982) and “An­gela’s Ashes” (1999) were fam­ily dra­mas, “Birdy” (1984) was a tale of war and friend­ship, “An­gel Heart” (1987) an oc­cult thriller and “Mis­sis­sippi Burn­ing” (1988) a pow­er­ful civil rights drama that was nom­i­nated for seven Acad­emy Awards, in­clud­ing best di­rec­tor.

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