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English director and Sunday Times restaurant critic Michael Winner (pictured above with Charles Bronson) has died. In a tragic turn, Winner had been suffering from health problems ever since he contracted a rare infection after eating bad oysters in 2006. He was 77. The name alone may not ring a bell, but Winner has 41 titles to his credit, including famed vigilante actioner Death Wish (as well as parts two and three), the unexpectedly cast horror film The Sentinel, and the 1978 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep, starring Robert Mitchum as P.I. Philip Marlowe. Winner saw several iconic faces in the lens of his camera, including friend Marlon Brando, the controversial Oliver Reed, and frequently cast tough-guy actor Charles Bronson. "When I die...

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