Jeremy Clarkson: The Grand Tour star speaks out on sad loss of ‘truly brilliant’ director

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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, spoke out about Sir Alan Parker’s death on Twitter yesterday after it was revealed the Bugsy Malone, Fame and Midnight Express director had died after suffering from an illness. The Grand Tour star paid tribute to the late star in view of his 7.2 million followers.

Alan Parker was a truly brilliant director. So versatile.

Jeremy Clarkson

He wrote: “Alan Parker was a truly brilliant director. So versatile.

“I mean Bugsy Malone and Mississippi Burning. Same man. Incredible.”

Many of Jeremy’s fans also flocked to his post to comment.

One user wrote: “In my opinion Midnight Express was his finest flick, absolutely superbly directed.”

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“Perhaps my all time favourite director. He had a unique gift,” a second commented.

Sir Alan was known for a string of hit films and dramas in the 1970s and 1980s, including Bugsy Malone, Fame, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning and The Commitments.

He was the behind the wins of 19 Baftas, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars.

The director was born in Islington, London, on February 14 in 1944.

He began his career in advertising as a copywriter and later graduated to writing and directing commercials.

In 1974, he moved into the entertainment industry and went on to direct the BBC film, The Evacuees.

Sir Alan wrote and directed his first feature film, Bugsy Malone, in 1975.

Two years later, he directed Midnight Express, which won two Oscars, six Golden Globes and four Baftas.

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In November 1995, he was made a CBE for services to the British film industry and received his knighthood in 2002.

In 2013, he received the Bafta Academy Fellowship Award, the body’s highest honour.

Other celebrities flocked to social media to pay tribute to the late star yesterday.

Actor Ben Stiller wrote: “So sad to hear of Alan Parker’s passing. What a great director who made what I consider ‘real’ movies.

“He inspired so many filmmakers: ‘Fame’, ‘Midnight Express,’ ‘Mississippi Burning’… Watch his films – they are some of the best of the 70s and 80s.”

Piers Morgan wrote: “Sad news. He made some brilliant movies, especially Midnight Express, Angel Heart & The Commitments. RIP.”

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