Peter Yates

Director, Producer, Dubbing assistant
British director Peter Yates was known in the first half of his career as an action director, but later transitioned into character-driven films such as "Breaking Away" and "The Dresser. " Yates made his feature ... Read more »
Born: 07/24/1929 in Aldershot, Hampshire, GB

Filmography

Director (25)

A Separate Peace 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Roommates 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Run of the Country 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Year of the Comet 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

An Innocent Man 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Eleni 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Krull 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Murphy's War 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hot Rock 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

John and Mary 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Bullitt 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Robbery 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

One Way Pendulum 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer Holiday 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Don Quixote (TV Show)

Director
Producer (9)

The Run of the Country 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Needful Things 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Year of the Comet 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breaking Away 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (4)

The Entertainer 1989 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

A Taste of Honey 1962 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Guns of Navarone 1961 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Sons and Lovers 1960 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (2)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Steve McQueen: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Robbery 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

British director Peter Yates was known in the first half of his career as an action director, but later transitioned into character-driven films such as "Breaking Away" and "The Dresser. " Yates made his feature directing debut in 1963 with the Cliff Richard romp "Summer Holiday," but moved on to U.K. television action fare, helming several episodes of "The Saint" and "Secret Agent," as well as "Robbery," a 1967 feature version of the "Great Train Robbery." His first Hollywood gig was the Steve McQueen classic "Bullitt," which won two Oscar nominations and was a major box office and critical hit. In the 1970s, Yates added comedy to his repertoire with Robert Redford caper flick "The Hot Rock" and Barbra Streisand screwball farce "For Pete's Sake," but the unlikely 1979 hit "Breaking Away," about a group of "townie" teen boys in an Indiana college town, one of whom is obsessed with bicycle racing, brought Yates new respect and his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Even more acclaimed was 1983's "The Dresser," a character study starring Albert Finney as a doddering actor and Tom Courtenay as the assistant trying to coax his charge through a performance of "King Lear" during the London Blitz. The movie was nominated for five Oscars, five Golden Globes, and seven BAFTA Film Awards. 2004's television movie "A Separate Peace," based on the novel by John Knowles, marked Yates' last outing as a director. He succumbed to a long illness and passed away in 2011.

Relationships

Virginia Pope

Wife

Toby Yates

Son

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

2004

Directed the TV adaptation of "A Separate Peace" for Showtime

1999

Helmed the TNT miniseries "Don Quixote," starring John Lithgow

1995

Produced and directed "The Run of the Country," starring Albert Finney

1987

Directed "Suspect," which featured Cher as a defense attorney

1985

Directed the biopic "Eleni," starring Kate Nelligan

1983

Earned his second Best Picture and Best Director Academy Award nominations for "The Dresser"

1979

Had success with the sleeper hit "Breaking Away," for which he received Oscar nominations as Best Picture and Best Director

1976

First film as producer (also director), "Mother, Jugs & Speed"

1968

US film directing debut, "Bullitt"

1967

First film as writer (also director), "Robbery"

1963

Began directing for TV with "The Saint" (ITV)

1963

Film directing debut, "Summer Holiday"

Worked as an assistant director for Tony Richardson

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