Hollywood Pays Tribute to 'Midnight Express' Director Alan Parker, Dead at 76

British director Alan Parker has died, the British Film Institute confirmed on Friday, after a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Parker began his career in the advertising industry in the 1960s, and he made his first feature in 1976. The film, Bugsy Malone, a 1930s-style gangster musical, was an incredible feat since he used only children in the cast. He received two Oscar nominations for best director, for Midnight Express (1978) and Mississippi Burning (1988). Parker also received five BAFTA Awards, including an Academy Fellowship in 2013.

Other films he directed include Fame, Pink Floyd the Wall, The Commitments, Birdy, Shoot the Moon and Evita.

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British film director Alan Parker poses on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the annual BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10, 2013. ANDREW G COWIE/AFP via Getty Images

Hollywood paid tribute to the director on Twitter after his death was announced, recalling some of their favorite films that Parker worked on, along with some fond memories.

Ben Stiller wrote that he was sad to hear of Parker's death. "What a great director who made what I consider 'real movies.' He inspired so many filmmakers." "Watch his films - they are some of the best of the 70s and 80s," Stiller added.

So sad to hear of Alan Parker’s passing. What a great director who made what I consider “real” movies. He inspired so many filmmakers: ‘Fame', 'Midnight Express,' 'Mississippi Burning'...Watch his films - they are some of the best of the 70s and 80s. #RIP https://t.co/Dchg3UPydh

— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) July 31, 2020

Broadway composer extraordinaire Andrew Lloyd Weber worked with Parker on Evita. "Very sad to hear of the news of Alan Parker's death. My friend and collaborator on the Evita movie and one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen," he wrote.

Very sad to hear the news of Alan Parker's death. My friend and collaborator on the Evita movie and one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen. - ALW

— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) July 31, 2020

Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright said that Parker's "incredible run of hits as a British filmmaker" inspired him. "Fame, Midnight Express, Birdy, Angel Heart & his beguiling debut Bugsy Malone (one I've parodied twice & want the last song to be played at my funeral)," Wright shared.

So sad to hear of Sir Alan Parker's passing. His incredible run of hits as a British filmmaker gave immense inspiration to me: Fame, Midnight Express, Birdy, Angel Heart & his beguiling debut Bugsy Malone (one I've parodied twice & want the last song to be played at my funeral.) pic.twitter.com/gg5xTuXTnL

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 31, 2020

John Cusack shared Variety's article about the director, echoing their sentiments.

“RIP to a great filmmaker ⬇️
Variety: Alan Parker, Director of ‘Bugsy Malone,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dies at 76 https://t.co/MhFkwNLaBm””

— John Cusack (@johncusack) July 31, 2020

Writer Larry Karaszewski (The People Vs. Larry Flint, Big Eyes) called Parker "one of the best and most versatile directors of our time." "He could do it all with style," he added, sharing the movie posters of Bugsy Malone and Shoot the Moon.

R.I.P. Alan Parker one of the best and most versatile directors of our time. He could do it all with style. pic.twitter.com/DWfh6HG3jc

— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) July 31, 2020

Katharina Kubrick, who worked with Parker on Midnight Express as an art department assistant, tweeted a crying emoji and said he was a "good director."

Aw shit - Alan Parker died. Only 76- 😢
I worked with him on various commercials and Midnight Express. Good director.

— Katharina Kubrick (@Kathari52397697) July 31, 2020

Westworld and Raising Hope actress Shannon Woodward encouraged her followers to watch one of her all-time favorite films, Shoot the Moon.

One of my all time favorite movies is Shoot the Moon, directed by Alan Parker. Do yourself a favor and watch it this week. RIP ❤️ https://t.co/TNkAHn0p7k

— Shannon Woodward (@shannonwoodward) July 31, 2020

Actor Matthew Modine, who was in Parker's film Birdy, said the experience transformed his life. "Alan was a great artist who's films will live forever. Godspeed, Sir Alan," he wrote.

So very sad to share the news of the passing of my dear friend, Sir Alan Parker. Being cast in his epic film, Birdy, transformed my life. Alan was a great artist who’s films will live forever. Godspeed, Sir Alan. 💔#BugsyMalone#MidnightExpress#FAME#MississippiBurning#Birdy pic.twitter.com/4rBpbEhVh1

— Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine) July 31, 2020

Jon S. Baird, director of Stan and Ollie, had a fond memory of the late director. "I once met Alan Parker at a BAFTA event when I was just starting out. He was incredibly nice and really generous with his time. A brilliant filmmaker," Baird recalled.

I once met Alan Parker at a #BAFTA event when I was just starting out. He was incredibly nice and really generous with his time. A brilliant filmmaker. RIP

— Jon S. Baird (@jonsbaird) July 31, 2020

American Splendor and Difficult People actor James Urbaniak said that Parker's imagery got "permanently lodged" in his brain. Urbaniak also pointed out a favorite set from the movie Fame. "I've always found this set incredible evocative of how it feels to be young, hungry and dreaming in the big city," he wrote.

The student apartment in Fame, with the giant blinking neon red light outside the window, is pure, Parker: meticulously designed & lit for maximum mood and romanticism. I always found this set incredibly evocative of how it feels to be young, hungry and dreaming in the big city. pic.twitter.com/COjEj2l8lg

— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) July 31, 2020

Travel Channel personality Adam Richman called Parker one of his favorite talents behind the camera.

RIP to one of my favorite talents behind the camera, Alan Parker. https://t.co/54qGaaJEzO

— Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) July 31, 2020