peter yates steve mcqueen bullitt Peter Yates, Oscar nominated director of 'Breaking Away,' 'Bullitt,' dies at 81Four-time Oscar-nominated director Peter Yates has died at the age of 81 at his home in London. A statement from his agent Judy Daish says that he passed away following an illness.

Yates was nominated both as a producer and a director for the 1979 movie “Breaking Away” and the 1983 movie “The Dresser.” He is also perhaps even more famous for helming the 1968 movie “Bullitt,” starring Steve McQueen (pictured with Yates, above right). “Bullitt” features a classic movie car chase sequences through the steep and winding streets of San Francisco, it’s considered one of the best ever. Watch the video below.

Yates’ most recent project was the 2004 made-for-TV movie version of “A Separate Peace,” which was also actor Hume Cronyn‘s last project before he passed away in 2003.

Yates is survived by his wife Virginia and a son and daughter. The family has said a private funeral service will be held later this week.

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