Filmmaker Jules Dassin has died following a short illness. He was 96.
The director passed away in an Athens, Greece, hospital on Monday.
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis says, “Greece grieves the loss of a rare human being, an important creator and a true friend. His passion, energy, fighting spirit and nobility will never be forgotten.”
He moved to France in the early 1950s after he was named as part of Hollywood’s “communist faction” during a House of Representatives un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearing.
Dassin went on to marry Mercouri, who starred in Never On Sunday, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song and for which Dassin received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.
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