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Peter Yates dies at 81; director of 'Bullitt'

Peter Yates dies at 81; director of 'Bullitt'

Peter Yates, the British director of "Breaking Away," "The Dresser" and "Bullitt," the 1968 Steve McQueen movie whose landmark car chase sequence over the hilly streets of San Francisco was a career-defining moment for both director and star, has died. He was 81.

Yates died Sunday in London after an illness, his agent, Judy Daish, said in a statement reported by the Associated Press.

In a career that began with the 1963 Cliff Richard pop musical "Summer Holiday," Yates directed more than two dozen movies,...

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