Ken Annakin dies

April 24th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The British film-maker director of World War II films ‘The Longest Day’ and ‘Battle of the Bulge,’ has died in Los Angeles on Thursday and was 94.

Mr Annakin, who also directed the ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’ and ‘Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines,’ passed away at his home in Beverly Hills.
Born in Beverley, Yorkshire in 1914, Annakin directed more than 50 films in a five-decade movie career.

He was one of several co-directors on the star-studded 1962 World War II epic ‘The Longest Day’ which featured John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda and Robert Mitchum amongst others.

Robert Wagner, who worked with Annakin on 1968 crime caper ‘The Biggest Bundle of Them All,’ described the film-maker as someone who ‘just loved the movies, and he brought so much enthusiasm to it.’ ‘He had a tremendous curiosity and up until the end of his life, he was still involved with the intrigue and the romance of making movies,’ Mr Wagner told the Times.

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