David Leland, a author, director and actor who labored with George Harrison, Paul McCartney and the Travelling Wilburys over his five-decade profession, has died on the age of 82.
Per a press launch from his representatives, Leland handed away on Christmas Eve surrounded by his household. No explanation for dying has been talked about.
Leland initially educated as an actor on the Central College of Speech and Drama and later moved into stage administration and course on the Crucible Theatre. He collaborated with actors together with Michael Palin and Terry Jones early of their careers, in addition to an as-yet-undiscovered Victoria Wooden, who wrote her first play, Expertise, for him to direct.
He additionally gave Pierce Brosnan his first alternative to behave on stage within the British premiere of Tennessee Williams’ The Crimson Satan Battery Signal, which Leland directed.
Leland was an in depth good friend of George Harrison’s and labored with him on a number of events, directing a number of Touring Wilburys movies together with ‘Deal with With Care’ and the 1988 movie Checking Out, on which Harrison served as a producer. His different music video work included Tom Petty’s ‘I Received’t Again Down’ (which additionally featured Harrison and Ringo Starr), and Paul McCartney’s ‘Brown Eyed Good-looking Man’.
He additionally directed the documentary Live performance For George (2003) following Harrison’s personal dying, which was a live performance movie of a memorial live performance occasion which happened on the Royal Albert Corridor, that includes the remaining Beatles, Petty and Eric Clapton. Leland received a Grammy Award for his work, whereas the DVD was licensed platinum eight instances over.
He additionally labored extensively as a screenwriter for each TV and movie, along with his movie credit together with Made In Britain (1982), Delivery Of A Nation (1983), Mona Lisa (1986), Private Providers (1987) and Want You Had been Right here (1987).
We’re saddened to listen to that director and author David Leland has died on the age of 82. Leland received a BAFTA for the movie Want You Had been Right here in 1988. His credit additionally embody the TV miniseries Band of Brothers and Mona Lisa which starred Bob Hoskins in a BAFTA-winning efficiency. pic.twitter.com/qlyBhIj3w2
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His later movies as a director embody The Massive Man (1990) starring Liam Neeson, and Land Women (1998) starring Rachel Weisz, which Leland additionally co-wrote.
He directed the episode ‘Bastogne’ for HBO’s 2001 miniseries, ‘Band of Brothers’ (2001), and contributed as each a director and author to Showtime’s The Borgias earlier than turning into joint showrunner for the second sequence.
Tributes have been pouring in for Leland, with Brosnan writing: “David Leland holds a mighty place in my coronary heart. He gave me my break as an actor in Tennessee Williams’ play ‘The Crimson Satan Battery Signal’. I used to be simply out of Drama Middle the place David was additionally an alumni. It was the joys of my younger lifetime to be solid as McCabe, working with David and Tennessee. David will without end be a vital a part of my story and of all who knew and beloved him.”
Liam Neeson added: “David was a dream to work with. He was an actual collaborator; he genuinely beloved and admired actors. We fashioned an in depth bond. I beloved his mischievous sense of humour. You might be at all times in my coronary heart outdated good friend. See you down the street.”
Monty Python‘s Terry Gillam stated: “The lack of David may be very unhappy. As a good friend, and as a
author/director, he was at all times solidly grounded…invariably delicate
and ruthlessly trustworthy. His 1987 movie, Want You Had been Right here, remains to be one in every of
my all-time favorite British movies.”