Peter Bogdanovich, the director, actor and author known for his wide-ranging career and difficult personal life, has passed away at the age of 82. New York Times reports†
Bogdanovich worked as a film critic before becoming a director; he became famous in Hollywood in 1971 with his movie The last photo show, based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. He followed that up with the hits What is it, doctor? and paper moonthe latter an adaptation of the novel by Joe David Brown Addie Pray†
His career was nearly derailed after a string of flops, including: By long last love† Nickelodeonand They all laughed† In 1980, his then-girlfriend, Dorothy Stratten, was murdered by her divorced husband, Paul Snider; in the years that followed, Bogdanovich went bankrupt and became addicted to prescription narcotics.
Bogdanovich was the author of several books, including scholarly works on the films of Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock. His memoirs about his relationship with Stratten, Killing the Unicornappeared in 1984.
his latest book, Who the hell is in it?a collection of essays on actors, appeared in 2004. A critic of Kirkus called the book “often captivating” and noted, “Within this anthology an autobiography tries to get out of it.”
Bogdanovich’s admirers paid tribute to him on social media. Author Farran Nehme tweeted“He has directed some great films and documented greatness in others, whether they were in or out of fashion.”
More than once, when I was researching a film or a body of work, I found that the only person anyone had asked about it was Peter Bogdanovich. He has directed some great films and documented greatness in others, whether they were in or out of fashion. REST IN PEACE. pic.twitter.com/gLEDgDmB9K
— Farran Nehme (@selfstyledsiren) January 6, 2022
And actor Cary Elwes wrote“He was not only extremely talented, but also a gentle soul with a huge heart. I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of my oldest friends, the director’s legendary film historian, Peter Bogdanovich. Besides being extremely talented, he was a gentle soul with a huge heart. I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. RIP Peter pic.twitter.com/BrBBL2oXqM
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) January 6, 2022
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.