Towering Inferno director John Guillermin dies at 89

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John Guillermin died on Sunday at his home in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles, his friend Nick Redman confirmed.

In a statement, Guillermin‘s wife Mary called him “sensitive and passionate, full of a fierce rapture himself.”

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Born in London to French parents, Guillermin attended the University of Cambridge before joining the Royal Air Force.

His career directing began in France with documentary film-making. In 1950, he moved to Hollywood to study film-making methods.

He film visionary was notorious for his fiery temper and passion, leading actor Charles Heston to describe him as an ‘imaginative and skillful director’, while producer David L. Wolper wrote that Guillermin was ‘the most difficult director with whom I’d ever worked’.

“Farewell, sir, you were one of a kind — and your like will not ever come again.”

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