Peter Yates

Peter Yates

Highest Rated: 100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

Lowest Rated: 0% Year of the Comet (1992)

Birthday: Jul 24, 1929

Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK

British director Peter Yates was known in the first half of his career as an action director, but later transitioned into character-driven films such as "Breaking Away" and "The Dresser." Yates made his feature directing debut in 1963 with the Cliff Richard romp "Summer Holiday," but moved on to U.K. television action fare, helming several episodes of "The Saint" and "Secret Agent," as well as "Robbery," a 1967 feature version of the "Great Train Robbery." His first Hollywood gig was the Steve McQueen classic "Bullitt," which won two Oscar nominations and was a major box office and critical hit. In the 1970s, Yates added comedy to his repertoire with Robert Redford caper flick "The Hot Rock" and Barbra Streisand screwball farce "For Pete's Sake," but the unlikely 1979 hit "Breaking Away," about a group of "townie" teen boys in an Indiana college town, one of whom is obsessed with bicycle racing, brought Yates new respect and his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Even more acclaimed was 1983's "The Dresser," a character study starring Albert Finney as a doddering actor and Tom Courtenay as the assistant trying to coax his charge through a performance of "King Lear" during the London Blitz. The movie was nominated for five Oscars, five Golden Globes, and seven BAFTA Film Awards. 2004's television movie "A Separate Peace," based on the novel by John Knowles, marked Yates' last outing as a director. He succumbed to a long illness and passed away in 2011.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
60% 43% A Separate Peace Director - 2004
No Score Yet 37% Don Quixote Director - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curtain Call Director - 1998
29% 57% Roommates Director $12.1M 1995
50% 78% The Run of the Country Director,
Producer
$252.9K 1995
0% 47% Year of the Comet Director,
Producer
$2.2M 1992
38% 47% An Innocent Man Director $20M 1989
67% 28% The House on Carroll Street Director $161.7K 1988
67% 58% Suspect Director $18M 1987
86% 75% Eleni Director - 1985
100% 87% The Dresser Director,
Producer
- 1983
32% 51% Krull Director - 1983
75% 38% Eyewitness Director,
Producer
- 1981
95% 88% Breaking Away Director,
Producer
- 1979
48% 38% The Deep Director - 1977
47% 54% Mother, Jugs & Speed Director,
Producer
- 1976
50% 51% For Pete's Sake Director - 1974
100% 88% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Director - 1973
64% 68% The Hot Rock Director - 1972
No Score Yet 61% Murphy's War Director - 1971
42% 53% John and Mary Director - 1969
97% 85% Bullitt Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Koroshi Director - 1967
80% 84% Robbery Director,
Screenwriter
- 1967
No Score Yet 40% One Way Pendulum Director - 1964
No Score Yet 69% Summer Holiday Director - 1963
89% 87% A Taste of Honey Assistant Director - 1961

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Director 1963-1965

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