Famed Brit director Parker dead at 76
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.