Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, critic, and historian Peter Bogdanovich has died at 82 years old, as told by The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of his death was natural causes, as disclosed by his daughter, Antonia, to THR.
Bogdanovich was mostly known as a writer/director, having directed a slew of Award-nominated films, including The Last Picture Show (1971), which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, to which Bogdanovich received two nominations. He also directed What’s Up, Doc? (1972), and Paper Moon (1973), the latter of which made actress Tatum O’Neal the youngest competitive winner in the history of the Academy Awards, when she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Aside from directing and writing films, Bogdanovich was also a highly prolific actor, mostly known for starring in The Sopranos (1999-2007) as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)’s psychologist. He also recently made a cameo in It: Chapter Two (2019) as himself, directing Bill Denrbough (James McAvoy)’s ficitious movie.
Tributes poured over social media, on Bogdanovich’s death, with many high-profile filmmakers and publications thanking his contributions to the history of cinema.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said that Bogdanovich “birthed masterpieces as a director and was a most genial human.”
One of the stars of What’s Up, Doc?, Barbra Streisand, addressed that Peter always made her laugh, and will continue to make everyone laugh up there:
Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli called Bogdanovich a “true American original”, while Bogdanovich’s co-star in the series, Lorraine Bracco, expressed that she is “heartbroken” to hear about her “pal” Peter:
Source: The Hollywood Reporter