Renowned costume designer-turned-film director Joel Schumacher has died after a year-long battle with cancer.
A representative for Schumacher said the filmmaker died today (June 22, 2020) in New York. He was 80 years old.
Schumacher first started in Hollywood in the early ’70s as a costume designer for Woody Allen’s films Sleeper and Interiors. He made his directorial debut more than a decade later on the 1981 film The Incredible Shrinking Woman starring Lily Tomlin.
Since then, Schumacher has directed major hits, including St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, and Tigerland, along with two Batman films and The Phantom of the Opera (pictured above). He was known for casting young actors, launching the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and Colin Farrell.
The last production he directed was two episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards in 2013.
After the news broke, many fans took to Twitter to remember Schumacher, including Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in several of the director’s films.
“His joy, spirit and talent will live on in my heart and memory for the rest of my life,” Sutherland wrote. “Joel gave me opportunities and lifelong lessons, making films such as The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time to Kill and Phone Booth. His mark on modern culture and film will live on forever. I will miss you my friend.” ~Brie Davis
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