The 24 year old grew up watching his father write screenplays and direct movies including The English Patient - but he maintains it was his Hong Kong-born choreographer mum, Carolyn Choa, who sparked his love for acting.
Minghella explains, "My father was one of the most inspirational people in how I live my life but he really didn't like to talk much about film. The professions of a filmmaker and actor are so different that I didn't have a strong frame of reference at all. (But) I remember when I was three years old she (Choa) would review films and tell me all about the characters, which really influenced my imagination."
Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella has died. He was 54.
A spokesman for the filmmaker confirmed his death on Tuesday.
According to Variety, Minghella suffered a brain hemorrhage at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.
Minghella began his career writing scripts for British television programs before his play Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in London's West End in 1986.
Almost a decade later, Minghella won a Best Director Academy Award for The English Patient.
He was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley and 2003's Cold Mountain.
Minghella was filming one of 15 short movies, collectively entitled New York, I Love You, at the time of his death.
He was also chairman of the British Film Institute.
Minghella was appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the British monarch's birthday honors list in 2001.
Minghella leaves behind wife Carolyn Choa, son Max and daughter Hannah.
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