Michael Cimino, director of the Oscar-winning film The Deer Hunter, has died. He was 77.
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced Cimino’s passing on Twitter Saturday.
“Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and the two women who loved him. We loved him too,” Fremaux wrote in French.
Among the eight works in his directorial career, The Deer Hunter is arguably Cimino’s best known film. In 1978, he directed, produced and co-wrote the war drama that starred Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale. The Deer Hunter took home five Oscars that year.
Cimino also wrote and directed 1980’s Heaven’s Gate, a $40 million megaflop.
The Yale University alum’s most recent film he directed was a segment in 2007’s To Each His Own Cinema. Other films include Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Year of the Dragon (1985), The Sicilian (1987), Desperate Hours (1990) and The Sunchaser (1996).