Born in London in 1935, Winner directed over 25 films, including “Death Wish,” which was criticized for its violence. Winner called it “a pleasant romp” with no moralistic intent and directed two more installments of the film. The famed director never took criticism of his films seriously.
“People come up to me and say, 'I like your work,' as if they were saying something they had to keep secret,” he once said. “Whatever 'serious' critics may say, I approach my work very seriously. Of course I work within the limits of only being able to make pictures others think will make money. It's unfortunate, but you must do it to remain an active director.”
One of his famous parting lines was, “If you want art, don't mess about with movies. Buy a Picasso.”
After his movie career slowed down, Winner became a restaurant critic, writing a “Winner's Dinners” column in London’s Sunday Times newspaper. His highest praise declaring a meal “historic.”
Winner revealed last summer that he had medical issues with his liver and heart. He was 77.
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