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John Guillermin dies at 89; directed 'The Towering Inferno,' 'King Kong' remake

John Guillermin dies at 89; directed 'The Towering Inferno,' 'King Kong' remake

John Guillermin, the veteran British director best known for star-laden, special effects-driven action epics — most notably “The Towering Inferno” and the 1976 remake of “King Kong”— has died at 89.

Guillermin, who made more than 30 movies during his lengthy career, died of a heart attack Sunday at his Topanga Canyon home, according to his wife, Mary.

Although not a favorite of critics, Guillermin directed many Hollywood legends over the years, including Peter Sellers, Bette Davis, Orson Welles and Fred Astaire.

“The Towering Inferno,” the 1974 blockbuster about a burning skyscraper, was teeming with stars, beginning...

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