Film director Robert Mulligan died this past Saturaday. He was 83 years old. Mulligan was best known for his classic film of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” For Gregory Peck it was a peak performance for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor portraying Atticus Finch, a Southern lawyer who, in the early 1900’s, defends a black man (portrayed by Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman. The film won two other Oscars for Best Screenplay from Another Source and Art Direction. It was also nominated for Best Picture.
He started directing in television in the 1950’s, making his film debut with “Fear Strikes Out.” Other films included “The Rat Race”, Love With a Proper Stranger”, “The Great Imposter”, “Baby, The Rain Must Fall”, “Inside Diasy Clover”, “The Nickel Ride”, “Bloodbrothers” and “Up the Down Staircase.”
Below is the New York Times Obit.