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Bryan Forbes, Veteran Film Director Passed Away At 86

May 10, 2013 09:44 IST

Bryan Forbes, the English film director, actor, screenwriter and novelist, died on 8 May 2013 in Virginia Water, Surrey following the long illness. He was 86 years of age.
About Bryan Forbes

• He was born in east London on 22 July 1926.
• Bryan Forbes was popularly described as the Renaissance Man.
• He was one of the most prominent members of the British film industry.
• He is known for his horror film, Stepford Wives (in 1970s). Additionally, he wrote as well as directed a range of critically acclaimed films such as King Rat (1965), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961). He scripted various films such as Only Two Can Play (1962), The Angry Silence (1960) and The League of Gentlemen (1959).
• His latest novel was The Soldier's Story, which was published in 2012.

Bryan Forbes’ Awards and Honours

• In the year 2006, he was conferred with the Dilys Powell Award at London Film Critics' Circle Awards for his outstanding contribution to Cinema.
• The Angry Silence, his 1960 screenplay won the BAFTA award. It was also nominated for the Oscar.
• In 1962, Only Two Can Play won Best British Comedy Screenplay of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
• 1965 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Foreign Film was given to Séance on a Wet Afternoon. Séance on a Wet Afternoon also won 1964 Best British Dramatic Screenplay of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
• The directorial debut of Bryan Forbes, Whistle Down the Wind reached to various nominations of BAFTA awards.
• In the year 2004, he was made the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts.
• In 2007, he was given the BAFTA tribute for the celebration of his extraordinary achievement in filmmaking.

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