Director and producer Monte Hellman died at a medical center in California, where he was hospitalized April 20 after a fall in his own home. He was 91, Variety reported April 21.
No other details have been released.
Monte Hellman (Monte Jay Himmelman) was born in 1932 in New York City. He studied theater at Stanford and film at Los Angeles.
After working as an apprentice editor at ABC Television, he made his directorial debut in 1959 with The Beast of the Haunted Cave, produced by Roger Corman. Corman’s other students included Martin Scorsese and Ron Howard.
Hellman worked with Hollywood star Jack Nicholson in the 1960s westerns “Ride the Whirlwind” and “Shooting.”
His 2010 film, “The Road to Nowhere,” based on a screenplay by Stephen Gaydos, won a special Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Hellman later said it was the most personal of all his films. As Gazeta.ru adds, he has won awards from the Venice International Film Festival three times.
In addition to making his own films, he has made episodes in other films and worked in other roles, such as as director of dialogue in Corman’s 1967 film “The Valentine’s Day Massacre,” as well as working on the second part of “Robocop.”
Hellman was an executive producer on Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film Mad Dogs. He taught directing at the California Institute of the Arts.