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Peter Yates, who directed one of cinema's legendary car chase scenes in Bullitt, has died. He was 82.

Yates died Sunday in London after a long illness, his agent, Judy Daish, said.

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A native of Hampshire, England, Yates got his start as a dubbing assistant and later worked as an assistant director for Tony Richardson

. He made his directorial debut in 1963 with Summer Holiday, but it was 1968's Bullitt that put him on the map.The thriller, starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset, featured a stirring car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco with McQueen's character's Ford Mustang. The sequence remains one of the best in movie history.

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Yates was nominated for four Academy Awards — two as director and two as producer — for 1979's Breaking Away and 1983's The Dresser. He most recently directed the Showtime adaptation of A Separate Peace in 2004.Yates is survived by his wife, Virginia Pope, a son and a daughter.

Watch the Bullitt chase scene below: