Plain speaking film director, food critic and personality Telegraph. In the UK, in recent years, Michael became more famous for one commercial in particular rather than his long film career. It was an Esure insurance advert where he uttered those now famous words, 'Calm down dear, it's only a commercial'.has died at the age of 77, according to the
The catch phrase caught on and even UK PMwas known to use those words, when addressing a member of the opposition in the House of Commons. It came out much as the meaning in the commercial, that is a patronising put down to females, and Cameron was called to task.
Previously Mr Winner had become infamous for his reputation with the 'ladies' but ultimately he will be remembered for a 40 year career in the film industry. Michael also established the Police Memorial Trust after WPC Yvonne Fletcher was murdered in 1984.
His genre was not cast in stone and Winner diversified down the years. In the sixties The System (1963) and The Jokers (1966), were called 'social comedies'. The wit was sharp and the humour far from slapstick.
Seventies movies such as The Mechanic (1972) and The Stone Killer (1973) were panned by some. High on blood and guts, but low on substance they did however have some audience appeal. That appeal was less inclusive than his early films.
Death Wish (1974) starringbecame his most famous film. A plot involving rape and revenge it pulled no punches. Critics either loved ot loathed it. Claims of gratuitous violence did not stop Winner making sequels.
As is so often the case the sequels were not the box-office success of the original Death Wish. However, the public 'loved it'. The plots were thinner and the violence increasingly excessive. The Telegraph reports one critic as saying, “Michael Winner stacks the deck to make vigilante justice the only recourse against widespread crime.” This was a reference to Winner's alleged exploitation of 'American paranoia over rising urban violence'.
Born on October 30, 1935, Winner died today, January 21, 2013. He was born in London to Jewish parents. Winner's mother was Polish and his father was of Russian extraction, according to wikipedia.
Michael's films include, Some Like It Cool (1961), Lawman (1971), Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (released 1976, Appointment with Death in 1988, Bullseye! (1990), Dirty Weekend (1993), and Parting Shots (1999).
Since January 1, 2007 Winner had more than one brush with death. In Summer 2012 he was given 18 months to live after a liver-failure diagnosis. In an interview he said that he had explored the possibility of an assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. He decided against this option.
His wife Geraldine confirmed that he had passed away at his home in Kensington, west London, today. Michael met Geraldine Lynton-Edwards in 1957. They finally became engaged in 2007 and married on September 19, 2011.