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Robert Mulligan, who earned an Oscar nomination for directing 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird, died from heart disease Saturday, Dec. 20, in his Connecticut home. He was 83.

Though not a household name, Mulligan was considered one of the premier filmmakers of his era, directing five actors to Oscar nominations: Gregory Peck and Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird), Natalie Wood (Love with the Proper Stranger), Ruth Gordon (Inside Daisy Clover) and Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year). Only Peck won for his turn as Atticus Finch.

Mulligan's other credits include Summer of '42, Fear Strikes Out, The Great Impostor and Baby, the Rain Must Fall.

An Emmy winner for 1959's The Moon and Sixpence, Mulligan got his start in television before moving into film. His final film was 1991's The Man in the Moon, which was Reese Witherspoon's movie debut.

Mulligan's younger brother was the late actor Richard Mulligan. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; three children from a previous marriage, Kevin, Beth and Christopher; two grandchildren; and a brother, James.