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]
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