Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn

Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Penn has died, just one day after celebrating his 88th birthday.

The filmmaker, a veteran of World War II, passed away at his home in New York on Tuesday (28Sep10) after suffering congestive heart failure, according to his daughter Molly.

Penn began his Hollywood career in the 1950s with small jobs in TV before making his feature film debut with The Left Handed Gun, starring a young Paul Newman.

He quickly established himself as a top director following the success of the Oscar-nominated The Miracle Worker in 1962, a film adaptation of the play he had previously staged on Broadway.

However, he will perhaps be best remembered for classic 1967 gangster film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, which won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and BestCinematography (Burnett Guffey).

The movie later went down in history when it was selected as one of thefirst 100 releases to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry.

He returned to the TV industry in the 1990s and served as an executive producer on hit crime series Law and Order.

Penn retired in 2001 and his final years were marred by illness, including a battle with pneumonia last summer (09).

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Maurer, and their two children, Molly and Matthew.

The director's death comes almost one year after the loss of his older brother, celebrated photographer Irving Penn, who passed last October (09) at the age of 92.