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Michael Apted Dies: ‘7 Up’ Documentarian & ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Director Was 79

Michael Apted Dies: ‘7 Up’ Documentarian & ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ Director Was 79

Michael Apted, the award-winning British filmmaker behind the groundbreaking 7 Up documentaries and such feature films as Coal Miner’s Daughter, The World Is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist and Gorky Park, has died. He was 79. The Gersh Agency confirmed the news but did not immediately provide details of Apted’s death.

Apted served as DGA president for three terms from 2003-09, the longest consecutive presidential service since the 1960s.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the passing of esteemed director, longtime DGA leader and my friend Michael Apted,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. “His legacy will be forever woven into the fabric of cinema and our Guild. A fearless visionary as a director and unparalleled Guild leader, Michael saw the trajectory of things when others didn’t, and we were all the beneficiaries of his wisdom and lifelong dedication.”

Apted had dozens of film and TV credits during

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