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Hollywood Director Richard Sarafian Dies At 83

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    By MassisPost
    Updated: September 23, 2013

    LOS ANGELES - Famous director Richard Sarafian died Wednesday night
    at age 83 in Southern California.

    Sarafian was best known for his film Vanishing Point, a story about
    an auto pursuit through the Nevada desert involving a Vietnam veteran
    and his drug dealer.

    He directed numerous films and, earlier in his career, TV shows that
    included episodes of "Gunsmoke," "The Twilight Zone" and "Batman." He
    also acted, appearing as hitman Vinnie in the Warren Beatty satire
    "Bulworth" and gangster Jack Dragna in Beatty's "Bugsy."

    In "Dr. Doolittle 2," he did a comic turn as the voice of the God
    Beaver, a don of the dam who ran the forest like a Corleone with
    buck teeth.

    The Associated Press reports that Sarafian died at a Santa Monica
    hospital on Wednesday after suffering from pneumonia. He contracted
    it while recovering from a fall.

    "I had absolutely no idea that this thing would survive all these
    years," Sarafian said about the 1971 hit film.

    Born April 28, 1930, in New York City, Richard Caspar Sarafian was
    the son of Armenian immigrants. He attended New York University but
    "was a rotten student, drinking and carousing," he told the Armenian
    Reporter in 2008. "To make life easier, I took a two-point course in
    writing and directing pictures. I got an A!"

    Sarafian was married to Helen Joan Altman who died two years ago,
    after divorcing Sarafian and later remarrying him.

    Sarafian is survived by five children, sons Deren, Damon, Richard
    Jr., Tedi, and his daughter Catherine, all of whom work in the film

    Sarafian was an iconic influence on film and was remembered by
    directors like Quentin Tarantino.