Ronald Neame, the Oscar-nominated British filmmaker whose credits include The Poseidon Adventure and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has died. He was 99.
Neame died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital, his wife, Donna, told The Associated Press. He had suffered a fall six weeks ago.
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The son of photographer Edwin Neame and actress Ivy Close, Neame first broke into the business as a cinematographer on Alfred Hitchock's 1929 film, Blackmail, the first British movie made with sound.
Neame eventually segued into producing, directing and screenwriting. He earned three Oscar nominations: one for special effects on 1942's One of Our Aircraft Is Missing and two for co-writing Brief Encounter (1945) and Great Expectations (1946). Both screenwriting nominations were shared with director David Lean and producer Anthony Havelock-Allan.
Watch clips from The Poseidon Adventure
He went on to direct 1969's critically acclaimed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
, which won Maggie Smith
her first Oscar, but he enjoyed his greatest box-office success with the 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure
. Neame named the film his favorite because it gave him enough "F.U. money" to retire, he told the British Film Institute
Neame's last full-length film, Foreign Body
, was released in 1986.
Neame is survived by his second wife, Donna; a son from his first marriage, Christopher Neame
, a film producer; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.