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Sad news arrived today with the announcement that filmmaker and writer Michael Winner has passed away at the age of 77. The director was best known for his work on the "Death Wish" franchise, helming the first three movies in the vigilante series, as well as other films including actioner "The Mechanic" and horror film "The Sentinel."  He'd been suffering from a disease of the liver for some time, and had been given eighteen months to live last year. Winner was born in Hampstead, London, and became involved in showbiz at an early age, writing a gossip column at the Kensington Post at the age of 14, and going on to write for the New Musical Express, among others. After studying at Cambridge, he worked as an assistant director at the BBC, before penning 1958 crime thriller "Man With A Gun," and making his own feature directorial debut on "Shoot To Kill" in »

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