Parker’s extensive filmography also boasted hits including “Commitments,” “Fame,” “Birds,” “Angel Heart,” and “Angela Grace.”
The director, himself a two-time Oscar nominee, scored a host of other accolades for his work; his feature films have won 19 BAFTAs, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars, according to BFI.
He died Friday after a long illness, according to their statement. He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his five children and seven grandchildren.
“Alan Parker was a chameleon,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wrote on Twitter. “His work entertained us, connected us and gave us a strong sense of time and place. An extraordinary talent, he will miss a lot.”;
“Evita” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber added that he was “too sad” to hear Parker’s death. “My friend and collaborator in the movie Evita and one of the few directors to really understand on-screen music.”
Parker’s screen hits catalog featured colorful musicians like “Fame,” the cult story of a group of students at a notorious New York City art school, “Mississippi Burning,” a flying description of racial tensions in Deep South based loosely on the 1964 killing of three civil rights workers.
These films, and much more from its broad canon, won Parker a BAFTA Fellowship award in 2013 – the highest rating given by Britain’s leading film academy.
Parker also received the title of Commander-in-Chief of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995, and then a knighthood in 2002. He was a founding member of the Guild Guilders of Great Britain, the founding chairman of the UK Film Council , and chairman of BFI from 1998 to 1999.
“He brought us joy with Bugsy Malone, The Engagements, Midnight Express and much more,” BFI said Friday.
“His extraordinary view of hits as a British director gave me tremendous inspiration for me,” wrote British director Edgar Wright. “So very sad to hear about Alan Parker’s passing. What a brilliant director who did what I consider ‘real’ movies,” added actor Ben Stiller. “Watch his films – they are some of the best of the ’70s and’ 80s.”
CNN’s Lauren Kent and Sarah Dean contributed to the report.