Filmmaker Sidney Lumet Dead at 86


Legendary director Sidney Lumet, who helmed 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network, among other films, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan, as a result of lymphoma. He was 86. Lumet was born in Philadelphia and began his career in the entertainment industry as a stage actor. His career took off in 1953 when he began directing original plays for series on CBS and NBC. A four-time Oscar nominee, his last film was 2007's Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. He is survived by his fourth wife, Mary Gimbel, a stepdaughter, a stepson, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. “While the goal of all movies is to entertain,” Lumet once wrote, “the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.” [NYT]