British filmmaker and newspaper columnist Michael Winner has died at the age of 77. The news was confirmed by his wife Geraldine. The Hampstead born director was known for his rave restaurant reviews, which were written for the Sunday Times, under the banner ‘Winner’s Dinners’.
The British filmmaker was not doing well health-wise for quite some time and last summer he revealed that he had been advised by liver specialists that he would only be able to live for another 18 months. Mrs Winner said in a statement, “Michael was a wonderful man, brilliant, funny and generous. A light has gone out in my life.”
The filmmaker started his career as a journalist and a film critic. In the year 1956 he joined Motion Pictures Limited as a writer and editor. The first work of Winner as a director was satirical, but then he became more known for his action movies, Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson became more popular.
Winner later even directed a series of commercials for an insurance company which featured the catchphrase ‘Calm, Down dear!’. In recent years, Prime Minister David Cameron was criticized for addressing a female colleague using the same line during a debate on NHS in the House of Commons.