Heaven's Gate and Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino dies aged 77
Michael Cimino, best known for directing Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, has passed away at the age of 77.
Cimino was pronounced dead yesterday (July 3rd) his body was discovered at his home in Los Angeles. He was found after friends had been unable to contact him. No cause of death has yet been determined.
He made his name as the co-writer of 1972 sci-fi hit Silent Running and would go to direct eight further films, winning an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor award for Robert De Niro for 1978's Deer Hunter.
Speaking about Cimino, De Niro said: "Our work together is something I will always remember. He will be missed.”
Cimino will though be best remembered for Heaven's Gate, his epic 1980 Western which grossed only $3 million from a budget of $44 million and is credited with bankrupting previously successful studio United Artists.
A number of other actors and directors have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Cimino and you can read their thoughts below:
I wish I had paid tribute to Michael Cimino while he was alive.— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) July 2, 2016
He was an important and masterful film maker.
We will always have his work
"One shot."— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) July 3, 2016
RIP Michael Cimino. pic.twitter.com/LDsKOGjVIk
I cannot believe Michael Cimino has passed away too. 'Thunderbolt & Lightfoot' is one of my favourite films. R.I.P. https://t.co/uh9JHIgAKy— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 2, 2016
Heavens Gate was the bravest swing for the fences. May we all be that bold when we turn on the camera. #MichaelCimino— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) July 3, 2016
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 2, 2016
The Deer Hunter
- Michael Cimino
May the rest of us do half as well.