Peter Bogdanovich Dies: Hollywood Golden Age Maverick and Oscar Nominee Was 82

Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated director, critic, and raconteur who served as a bridge between Old Hollywood and New Hollywood more than anyone else, is dead at the age of 82. He died at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes, according to his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich. The two-time Academy Award nominee leaves behind a legacy of Tinseltown classics, from “The Last Picture Show” (which gave him his Oscar nominations) and “Paper Moon” to “What’s Up, Doc?,” “Targets,” “Saint Jack,” “Daisy Miller,” and “At Long Last Love.”

His last feature as a director was “She’s Funny That Way” in 2014, though the always-bespectacled filmmaker appeared in episodes of “Get Shorty” on television and recently in the film “Willie and Me.” He also appeared regularly on “The Sopranos” as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg, therapist to Tony Soprano’s own psychologist, Dr. Melfi.

Peter Bogdanovich’s vivid personal life made him as conspicuous as his movies, from a torrid affair with actress Cybill Shepherd, the model he discovered when he was making “The Last Picture Show,” that cost him his marriage to collaborator Polly Platt, to the 1980 murder of his girlfriend Dorothy Stratten, who starred in his comedy “They All Laughed.”

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