Australian director whose best-known films included Tender Mercies from 1983, Driving Miss Daisy from 1989, and Black Robe from 1991.
He made his debut feature film The Adventures of Barry McKenzie in Australia in 1970. Over the next 10 years, he became a respected Australian director, and his fame allowed him to break into Hollywood in the early 1980s.
He was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his first Hollywood film, Tender Mercies.
He grew up in Australia and received a degree in English from the University of Sydney.
His film Driving Miss Daisy starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy and won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Picture.