Sidney Lumet, '12 Angry Men' director, dead at 86

sidney-lumet-getty.jpgDirector Sidney Lumet had over 50 films to his name when he passed away on Saturday at age 86. He had been suffering from lymphoma, and he died at his home in New York City.

Lumet began directing with off-Broadway plays before becoming a highly sought after television director. He directed his first film, the canonical "12 Angry Men," in 1957 and made nearly a film per year after that. "12 Angry Men" helped pave the way for other TV directors hoping to move into the film genre.

Some of his many films are "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962), "The Sea Gull" (1968), Serpico (1973), "Equus" (1977), "Running on Empty" (1988), and "Gloria" (1999). His final film was in 2007, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

At the time of his dead, Lumet was married to his fourth wife, Mary Gimbel, who he married in 1980. He has two daughters with his previous wife Gail Jones: Amy, and actress/writer Jenny, who wrote the critically acclaimed "Rachel Getting Married."