A true great died Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital.Â 81-year-old Robert Altman, the brains behind M*A*S*H & Short Cuts, died peacefully Monday of complications from cancer.Â
The five-time Academy Award nominee & Lifetime Achievement Academy Award recipient, Altman had a passion for movies that could not be contained.Â The Missouri-born director was a bomber pilot in World War II and studied engineering at college before applying for a job in industrial film.
When accepting his lifetime achievement award in early 2006, Altman stated, “No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have. I’m very fortunate in my career. I’ve never had to direct a film I didn’t choose or develop. My love for filmmaking has given me an entree to the world and to the human condition.”
Altman’s last filmÂ was A Prairie Home Companion that featured a star-studded cast including, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Kline, & Tommy Lee Jones.
Robert Altman is survived by his wife, Kathryn,Â sons Robert & Matthew, his daughter, Christine &Â two other sons from previous marriages, MichaelÂ & Stephen.
May you go in peace, Robert.Â You done good.