Michael Winner, 77, a British filmmaker, restaurant critic, and bon vivant, died Monday at his London home after an illness, according to his wife, Geraldine.
Mr. Winner's 30 movies included three Death Wish films starring Charles Bronson.
Born in London in 1935, Mr. Winner worked with Hollywood icons including Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Faye Dunaway - although many of his films sit at the schlockier end of the spectrum.
One of his earliest films was the 1962 nudist feature Some Like It Cool; later he specialized in thrillers and action movies, including The Mechanic, Scorpio, and the violent vigilante Death Wish series.