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Peter Yates

Peter Yates

Highest Rated: 100% The Dresser (1983)

Lowest Rated: 0% Year of the Comet (1992)

Birthday: Jul 24, 1929

Birthplace: Aldershot, Hampshire, England, UK

British director Peter Yates was known in the first half of his career as an action director, but later transitioned into character-driven films such as "Breaking Away" and "The Dresser." Yates made his feature directing debut in 1963 with the Cliff Richard romp "Summer Holiday," but moved on to U.K. television action fare, helming several episodes of "The Saint" and "Secret Agent," as well as "Robbery," a 1967 feature version of the "Great Train Robbery." His first Hollywood gig was the Steve McQueen classic "Bullitt," which won two Oscar nominations and was a major box office and critical hit. In the 1970s, Yates added comedy to his repertoire with Robert Redford caper flick "The Hot Rock" and Barbra Streisand screwball farce "For Pete's Sake," but the unlikely 1979 hit "Breaking Away," about a group of "townie" teen boys in an Indiana college town, one of whom is obsessed with bicycle racing, brought Yates new respect and his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Even more acclaimed was 1983's "The Dresser," a character study starring Albert Finney as a doddering actor and Tom Courtenay as the assistant trying to coax his charge through a performance of "King Lear" during the London Blitz. The movie was nominated for five Oscars, five Golden Globes, and seven BAFTA Film Awards. 2004's television movie "A Separate Peace," based on the novel by John Knowles, marked Yates' last outing as a director. He succumbed to a long illness and passed away in 2011.


SUMMER HOLIDAY, from left: Cliff Richard, director Peter Yates, Lauri Peters on set, 1963, summerholiday1962-fsct12(summerholiday1962-fsct12) THE DRESSER, producer and director Peter Yates, Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, 1983, ©Columbia / BULLITT, Peter Yates, director, Steve McQueen, 1968 THE DRESSER, director Peter Yates, Albert Finney on set, 1983, (c) Columbia KRULL, Ken Marshall, director Peter Yates. 1983, ©Columbia Pictures / BREAKING AWAY, Director Peter Yates, 1979 BREAKING AWAY, Peter Yates directs Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley, 1979 BREAKING AWAY, director Peter Yates, 1979 EYEWITNESS, screenwriter Steven Tesich, producer and director Peter Yates, on-set, 1981, TM & Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. / THE RUN OF THE COUNTRY, director Peter Yates, Victoria Smurfit, Matt Keeslar, on set, 1995. (c)Columbia Pictures BULLITT, Steve McQueen, director Peter Yates on set, 1968 BULLITT, Peter Yates, director, Steve McQueen, 1968



60% 43% A Separate Peace Director - 2004
No Score Yet 38% Don Quixote Director - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Quijote Director - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curtain Call Director - 1998
50% 78% The Run of the Country Director,
$252.9K 1995
29% 56% Roommates Director $12.1M 1995
32% 44% Needful Things Executive Producer $15.1M 1993
0% 51% Year of the Comet Director,
$2.2M 1992
44% 47% An Innocent Man Director $20.0M 1989
71% 27% The House on Carroll Street Director,
$161.7K 1988
67% 58% Suspect Director $18.0M 1987
86% 75% Eleni Director - 1985
100% 86% The Dresser Director,
- 1983
35% 52% Krull Director - 1983
75% 41% Eyewitness Director,
- 1981
95% 88% Breaking Away Director,
- 1979
42% 38% The Deep Director - 1977
53% 53% Mother, Jugs & Speed Director,
- 1976
50% 53% For Pete's Sake Director - 1974
98% 87% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Director - 1973
78% 69% The Hot Rock Director - 1972
No Score Yet 62% Murphy's War Director - 1971
38% 52% John and Mary Director - 1969
98% 85% Bullitt Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Koroshi Director - 1967
80% 82% Robbery Director,
- 1967
No Score Yet 50% One Way Pendulum Director - 1964
33% 68% Summer Holiday Director - 1963
86% 86% A Taste of Honey Assistant Director - 1961


No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Director 1963-1965