Director of the films Nineteen Eighty-Four and Il Postino, the latter earning him Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
He made a documentary for the BBC and worked with famed cinematographer Roger Deakins.
His film Il Postino became the highest-grossing non-English language film ever made.
He had three children named Felix, Amaryllis, and Linus.
He directed a film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 2004 starring Al Pacino.