Michael Apted, British filmmaker and documentarian, dies at 79

No information about his death were instantly readily available.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the passing of esteemed director, longtime DGA leader and my friend Michael Apted. His legacy will be forever woven into the fabric of cinema and our Guild,” Thomas Schlamme, the president of DGA, stated.

“A fearless visionary as a director and unparalleled Guild leader, Michael saw the trajectory of things when others didn’t, and we were all the beneficiaries of his wisdom and lifelong dedication,” Schlamme stated.

Born in 1941 in Aylesbury, England, Apted had a respected body of work in tv, movie and documentaries.

He directed the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won the Golden World for Finest Movie in the musical and funny classification. Sissy Spacek won the Oscar for Finest Starlet for her function in the movie.

Apted was a prolific director for such films as "The World is Not Enough"

Other noteworthy works he directed consist of “Agatha,” “Gorky Park,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Nell,” and “Enough.”

Apted directed the 1999 movie “The World is Not Enough,” part of the James Bond series, in addition to the 3rd installation of “The Chronicles of Narnia” movie franchise.

Apted’s most popular documentary work was the long-running “Up” series. More than a lots Britons’ lives were followed throughout years, starting with 14 seven-year-old kids in the movie “Seven Up!”

Subsequent movies were produced every 7 years, reviewing how each of the kids’s lives had actually altered as they went into their adult years, and later on aging in the last production, “63 Up.”

In 2003, Apted was chosen president of the DGA, serving up until 2009. His six-year period was the longest for a DGA president considering that the 1960s.

Steven Soderbergh, director and co-founder of the Guild’s Independent Directors Committee with Apted, stated, “I spent countless hours literally two feet from Michael and loved every minute of it. Apart from his own remarkable body of work, what he gave to the DGA can’t be measured; he put his entire BEING into the Guild, and inspired us all to follow his example. We were lucky to have him and to know him.”

In 2009, he was made a Buddy of the Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II for his work in the show business.

He is made it through by his other half Paige and his 3 kids.

CNN’s Travis Caldwell added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.