Albert Pyun, cult filmmaker behind ‘Cyborg’ and ‘Sword and the Sorcerer,’ dies at 69
He directed three of the top five grossing films of all-time for Universal Pictures: “The Terminator,” “Cloverfield” and “Jurassic Park”
He was a pioneer in interactive cinema: “RoboCop” was one of his first films as a director, and his next film, the cult classic “Cyborg,” was one of the first to have computer-based characters
In addition to his career in filmmaking, he was a musician – he composed music and lyrics for “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” – and served as an aide to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
He had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer that he used in his filmmaking to push the boundaries of how he wanted to see the world
The actor Robert Vaughn also pays tribute to him on twitter
His body of work, including the films he directed, “The Terminator,” “Cloverfield,” “Jurassic Park,” “RoboCop,” “Harrison Bergeron,” “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension,” “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “RoboCop 2,” “Daughters of the Dust,” “Jurassic Park 2: The Original Game” and “Buckaroo Banzai: Reloaded,” will be honoured with three star nominations at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26
He won two Oscar statuettes: the Best Director Award for “The Terminator” and a Special Award for his lifetime achievement for his unique cinematic vision.
He was awarded the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1998.
He was also nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for “Cloverfield” and “Jurassic Park,” as well as three for Best Adapted Screenplay for “RoboCop,” “The Terminator” and “The Mask.” He was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film.