Died Today (November 19th): Alan J. Pakula (1928–1998)

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alanjpakula.jpgAlan J. Pakula (1928–1998)

Born: April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 19, 1998 (age 70) in Melville, Long Island, New York, USA

He was killed when a metal pipe smashed through the windshield of his black Volvo station wagon and struck him in the head. The seven-foot-long pipe was already in the roadway when another car gave it a glancing blow, sending it through Pakula’s windshield. Then Pakula’s car swerved across a service road and hit a fence. The accident happened about a quarter mile east of the Melville exit on the Long Island Expressway. He was taken to North Shore University Hospital at Plainview (Nassau County), where he was pronounced dead at 12:22 P.M.

[on The Devil’s Own (1997)] In American film there is a good guy and a bad guy. It’s the first thing my grandson always asks: Who’s the…

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