< /p> British director Hugh Hudson (centre) with actors Ben Cross (left) and Nigel Havers in London in this July 10, 2012 picture.
London – Aged 86 today British filmmaker Hugh Hudson has died, his family announced, according to Reuters. The director became famous with the film Chariots of Fire from 1981, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Hudson died in a hospital in London after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Maryam, son Thomas and first wife Sue, the family wrote in a statement.
The director shot TV commercials in the late 1960s and 1970s. Subsequently, he focused on documentary work, which resulted in, among other things, a biographical film about the Argentine Formula 1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio, and on feature films.
Chariots of Fire, a film about British runners racing of the Olympic Games in 1924, conquered the audience and the critics, and won a number of other awards in addition to the Oscars. His other films included 1984's Tarzan.