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Hollywood mourns the death of horror icon George A. Romero

17 July 2017, 02:42 | Anna Nguyen

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George Romero, the genre-defining director whose films took zombie fiction out of the fringes and into the mainstream, died Sunday at the age of 77.

Peter Grunwald, Romero's longtime producing partner, told The Los Angeles Times the director died while listening to the score to "The Quiet Man" with his wife and daughter.

In addition to the Dead series, Romero made a number of other movies beloved by horror fans, such as The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), and the Stephen King collaboration Creepshow (1982).

Mr Romero's casting of Duane Jones, a black actor, as the lead role in Night Of The Living Dead was also considered a breakthrough and the movie is considered an important handling of race in the US. Night of the Living Dead is often regarded as a criticism of capitalism.

RIP George A. Romero, you will be missed.

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Speaking to the Associated Press almost a decade ago, Romero spoke of why he loved the genre: "The zombies, they could be anything", he said "They could be an avalanche, they could be a hurricane". Robert Kirkman, the mastermind behind The Walking Dead, claims that seeing the Living Dead trilogy was his biggest guiding light, though Romero has been dismissive of TWD in return, calling it "a soap opera with a zombie occasionally". The 77-year-old Romero is survived by current wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero and several children from previous marriages.

The director and writer was ever the philosopher when it came to the horror genre.

Romero co-wrote and directed the film that started the zombie series Night of the Living Dead in 1968.

"I just think it's a nice reminder that they're us". He went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, graduating in 1960.

All of the movies were shot in or around Pittsburgh, where Romero had attended Carnegie-Mellon University after moving away from his hometown NY where he was born in 1940 to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother.



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