‘Death Wish’ director dies

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iol news pic Michael Winner Obit~1 AP FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, British director and producer, Michael Winner, signs copies of his autobiography, Unbelievable!, at a central London venue. Film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner has died, his wife Geraldine announced Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. He was 77. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)

London - The British filmmaker behind “Death Wish,” restaurant critic and bon vivant Michael Winner, has died at the age of 77.

Winner's wife Geraldine says he died Monday at his London home after an illness.

Winner's 30 movies included three “Death Wish” films starring the late Charles Bronson.

He had a second career as restaurant critic for the Sunday Times newspaper, where his highest praise was to declare a meal “historic.”

His wife, a former dancer who married Winner two years ago, said he was “a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life.” - Sapa-AP


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