Monday, March 19, 2007

Stuart Rosenburg Dead at 79

From USA Today:
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — Stuart Rosenberg, a prolific director of series television and theatrical films who partnered with Paul Newman on the widely popular prison drama Cool Hand Luke and several other movies, has died at 79.

Rosenberg, who also directed The Amityville Horror, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills, according to his son, Benjamin.

Rosenberg's first film was Cool Hand Luke, the 1967 drama starring Newman as an inmate on a chain gang who becomes an unlikely hero.

"He was as good as anybody I ever worked with," Newman said in a statement.

Cool Hand Luke was nominated for four Academy Awards, with George Kennedy taking home a statute for best supporting actor. The film also spawned the famous line delivered by Strother Martin as a guard captain: "What we've got here is failure to communicate."
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