Director of big-budget action movies like Death on the Nile from 1978 and The Towering Inferno from 1974.
He served in the Royal Air Force until the age of 22.
He was originally slated to direct The Godfather Part III and helped work on the script.
He married author Maureen Connell in 1956.
One of his most well known films was the 1976 remake of King Kong, starring Jessica Lange in her first film role.