‘Around the World in 80 Days’ director Michael Anderson dies in B.C.

Michael Anderson, who directed iconic movies Around the World in 80 Days and Logan’s Run, has died.

Michael Anderson, left, Mike Todd, middle, and Frank Sinatra on the set of "Around the World in 80 Days." (Bill Doll & Co. photo via Wikipedia)

Michael Anderson, who directed iconic movies Around the World in 80 Days and Logan’s Run, has died.

The London-born filmmaker passed away at his home in the Sunshine Coast in B.C. after a battle with heart disease on April 25, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 98.

Anderson won acclaim for 1957 adventure-comedy Around the World in 80 Days, which followed English gentleman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) as he attempted to circumnavigate the world in eighty days.

The three-hour long movie, based on the novel by Jules Verne, also featured cameos from Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, John Gielgud and Marlene Dietrich.

Around the World in 80 Days was named Best Picture and won a total of five Academy Awards, however, Anderson lost out on the Best Director prize to director George Stevens.

The director also helmed iconic war movie The Dam Busters in 1955 and 1976 sci-fi drama Logan’s Run, which starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter.

Anderson was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Directors Guild of Canada in 2012.

He is survived by his third wife, actress Adrienne Ellis, whom he married in 1977.

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