Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

Legendary Director George A. Romero Dead at 77

And he was listening to the musical score to one of his favorite films, 1952's "The Quiet Man", according to the statement forwarded by the producer partner, Peter Grunwald.

As reported by the L.A. Times, Romero's family announced Sunday that the filmmaker has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. "The family asks for their privacy to be respected at this time".

Romero is best remembered for his zombie films, a genre he helped pioneer with the 1968 masterpiece Night of the Living Dead.

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The sequels included Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead, Land Of The Dead, Diary Of The Dead in 2008 and 2009's Survival Of The Dead.

Romero is survived by his wife Suzanne and their two children.

Romero also directed the 1978 vampire movie "Martin" and joined hands with horror writer Stephen King for the 1982 film "Creepshow".

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Romero, who was born in the Bronx borough of NY, was drawn to telling stories about monsters that are familiar to the people they terrorize, said his business partner, Peter Grunwald. The director of Night of the Living Dead, Season of the Witch, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead said in a 2013 interview: "I was using the idea for satire". One of his first segments was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in which Mr. Rogers had his tonsils removed. Ironically, the creatures in the film are never once called zombies; in the script, Romero merely referred to them as "ghouls".

George Romero's passing is something that was felt by fellow filmmakers and of course, his fans.

Serving as an inspiration to many, Romero's influence can still be felt in most modern horror movies and it cannot be understated how important he was to both the genre and filmmaking in general. The story followed seven people trapped in a Pennsylvania farmhouse who were attacked by unnamed "living dead" monsters.

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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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