Michael Winner

Englsih Film Director
Born Oct 30, 1935

Michael Robert Winner is an English retired film director and producer, now known as a food critic for the Sunday Times.

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  • £10k Reward After Winner's Widow Attacked Sky News
    Google News - Dec 13, 2015
  • Michael Winner's Widow Hit With Iron Bar In House Raid The Guardian
    Google News - Oct 11, 2015
  • Michael Winner, 'death Wish' Director, Dies
    San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 23, 2013
  • ‘Death Wish’ Director Michael Winner Dies At 77
    Wall Street Journal - Jan 22, 2013


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1935 Birth Born in 1935.


1955 20 Years Old The first issue of Showgirl Glamour Revue in 1955 has him writing another film and showbusiness gossip column, "Winner's World". … Read More
1957 22 Years Old He began his screen career as an assistant director of BBC television programmes, cinema shorts, and full-length "B" productions, occasionally writing screenplays. In 1957 he directed his first travelogue, This is Belgium, shot largely on location in East Grinstead.
1958 23 Years Old His first on-screen credit was earned as a writer for the 1958 crime film Man with a Gun directed by Montgomery Tully.
1959 24 Years Old Winner's first credit on a cinema short was Associate Producer on the 1959 film Floating Fortress produced by Harold Baim.
1960 25 Years Old Winner's first project as a lead director involved another story he wrote, Shoot to Kill, in 1960. … Read More
1961 26 Years Old After releasing family drama Old Mac and a mystery called Out of the Shadow in 1961, Winner brushed with Gilbert and Sullivan, writing the screenplay and directing a version of The Mikado titled The Cool Mikado (1962), starring Frankie Howerd which was produced by Harold Baim. … Read More


1972 37 Years Old The turning point came in 1972, as he first directed Marlon Brando in The Nightcomers, a prequel to The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, then made his earliest efforts with box office star Charles Bronson in Chato's Land, recounting a mixed race American Indian fighting with Whites, and The Mechanic, a thriller in which professional assassins are depicted. … Read More
1974 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, Winner and Bronson collaborated on Death Wish, a film that defined the subsequent careers of both men. … Read More


1985 50 Years Old Winner made a final splash, however, with Death Wish 3 in 1985, which was set in New York City but filmed mostly in London for budgetary reasons. … Read More
1988 53 Years Old He directed adaptations of the Alan Ayckbourn musical play A Chorus of Disapproval with Anthony Hopkins and the Agatha Christie novel Appointment with Death in 1988. … Read More
1994 59 Years Old In 1994 he appeared as a guest artist alongside Joan Collins, Christopher Biggins and Marc Sinden (who in 1983 had appeared in Winner's The Wicked Lady) in Steven Berkoff's film version of his own play Decadence. … Read More


2006 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, it was revealed that Winner had been offered but declined an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his part in campaigning for the Police Memorial Trust. … Read More
2007 72 Years Old 1 More Event
Winner became engaged to Geraldine Lynton-Edwards in 2007. … Read More
2011 - 2012 2 More Events
2013 78 Years Old Winner died at his home, Woodland House in Holland Park, on 21 January 2013, aged 77. … Read More
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