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Sidney Lumet, director of classic films, dies

Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for inspiring top-notch performances from actors in a stream of classic films including 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and Fail-Safe, died on Saturday at age 86.

entertainment Updated: Apr 09, 2011 21:59 IST

Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for inspiring top-notch performances from actors in a stream of classic films including 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and Fail-Safe, died on Saturday at age 86, the New York Times said.

His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said Lumet died of lymphoma at his home in Manhattan, the newspaper said.

Lumet was one of the leading film directors of the second half of the 20th century.

He was prolific, directing more than 40 movies, and versatile, dabbling in many different film genres. Lumet often shot his movies in his native New York.

In 2005, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.

He previously had been nominated for Oscars five times without winning: as best director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982); and for best screenplay as co-writer of Prince Of The City (1981).

His films, nominated for more than 50 Oscars, typically were unsentimental and extremely well crafted, exploring intelligent and complicated themes.