'Cool Hand Luke' Director Stuart Rosenberg Dies

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Stuart Rosenberg, the director of the acclaimed 1967 Paul Newman prison drama Cool Hand Luke and the very successful 1979 thriller The Amityville Horror, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills; he was 79. A prolific TV director who won an Emmy award in 1963 for an episode of The Defenders, Rosenberg made his feature film debut with Cool Hand Luke, which received an Oscar nomination for star Paul Newman and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for George Kennedy; Rosenberg himself received a Directors Guild of America nomination, but lost to Mike Nichols for The Graduate. His films throughout the 60s and 70s included The April Fools (with Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve), The Drowning Pool (also starring Newman), Voyage of the Damned (with Faye Dunaway and Oscar nominee Lee Grant), and The Amityville Horror, a surprise box office hit based on the notorious book about a supposedly haunted house on Long Island. In the 80s, Rosenberg directed another prison drama, the acclaimed Brubaker, starring Robert Redford (Rosenberg replaced initial director Bob Rafelson), and the adaptation of the novel The Pope of Greenwich Village, which scored an Oscar nomination for supporting actress Geraldine Page. His last film was 1991's My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, starring Scott Glenn and Ben Johnson. Rosenberg is survived by his wife, Margot, and his son, first assistant director Benjamin Rosenberg. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

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