'Poseidon Adventure' director Ronald Neame dies

FILE - British film director Ronald Neame tis seen at a garden party to mark the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother at the residence of British Consul-General Paul Dimond in Los Angeles, in this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000 file photo. Der britische Regisseur Ronald Neame ist im Alter von 99 Jahren in Los Angeles gestorben. Seine Ehefrau Donna sagte am Freitag der Nachrichtenagentur AP, ihr Mann sei am Mittwoch in einem Krankenhaus gestorben, nachdem er sich sechs Wochen zuvor bei einem Sturz verletzt hatte. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

June 19, 2010 6:33:25 PM PDT
Ronald Neame (neem), who produced and co-wrote acclaimed British films like "Great Expectations," saw Hollywood success as director of "The Poseidon Adventure" and was nominated for three Oscars, has died. He was 99.

Neame's wife Donna told The Associated Press on Friday that her husband died in a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday, about six weeks after being injured in a fall.

Neame began his career of more than 60 years In 1929 when he worked as a cameraman for Alfred Hitchcock on the first British sound film, 1929's "Blackmail."

He was nominated for Oscars with director David Lean as co-writer of 1945's "Brief Encounter" and 1946's "Great Expectations."

He went on to direct the acclaimed 1969 film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and the critically panned 1972 box office hit "The Poseidon Adventure."