Director of the 1975 rock opera Tommy and the Oscar-nominated film Women in Love.
He watched a lot of movies with his mentally ill mother growing up.
He directed the controversial film The Devils, which topped the British box office for eight weeks.
He married Shirley Russel in 1956; Vivian Jolly in 1983; Hetty Baynes in 1992; and Lisi Tribble in 2001.
He worked with Tina Turner on Tommy.