Farewell to Annakin25 Apr, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Our hearts go out to veteran home entertainment publicist Deborah Peters on the loss of her father, famed British director Ken Annakin, who died last Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home. He was 94; his health had been failing since he suffered a heart attack and a stroke in February. Mr. Annakin is best known for helming such classic films as the 1962 war epic The Longest Day, with Henry Fonda and John Wayne, and 1965's Battle of the Bulge, with Fonda and Charles Bronson. Other film credits include 1960s Swiss Family Robinson, one of a series of family adventures he made for Walt Disney, and 1965's Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, the screenplay to which earned him an Oscar nomination. George Lucas, by the way, named the Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker after him.