Many in Hollywood were deeply saddened over the news of Peter Bogdanovich’s death on Thursday and took to social media to pay tribute to the late director.
The Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Last Picture Show; What’s Up, Doc?; and Paper Moon died shortly after midnight Thursday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter Antonia Bogdanovich told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.
Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971) earned eight Academy Awards nominations — including directing and adapted screenplay (shared with Larry McMurtry) for him — and won supporting actor awards for Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson.
The Last Picture Show star Jeff Bridges paid tribute on Twitter to the “wonderful artist.” “He’s left us with the gift of his incredible films and his insights on the filmmakers he so admired. I love you Peter,” he wrote.
Tatum O’Neal, who won an Academy Award when she was 10 years old for her work in Paper Moon, paid tribute on Instagram, describing the late director as “my heaven & earth. A father figure. A friend. From ‘Paper Moon’ to ‘Nickelodeon’ he always made me feel safe. I love you, Peter.”
Barbra Streisand, who starred in What’s Up, Doc?, also paid tribute, tweeting, “Peter always made me laugh! He’ll keep making them laugh up there too. May he rest in peace.”
Fellow directors Guillermo del Toro and Paul Feig also took to Twitter to remember Bogdanovich. “Peter Bogdanovich passed away. He was a dear friend and a champion of cinema. He birthed masterpieces as a director and was a most genial human. He single-handedly interviewed and enshrined the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation,” del Toro tweeted, encouraging everyone to “honor him” by viewing the late director’s work.
Meanwhile, Feig shared that Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc? was “one of my favorite comedies of all time and the movie that made me want to make people laugh when I was a kid.”
Cary Elwes called the late director “one of my oldest friends.” “Besides being extraordinarily talented, he was a gentle soul with an enormous heart. I am forever grateful to have worked with him. RIP Peter,” he said.
Writer-director Rod Lurie credited Bogdanovich for being “the North Star” of his career.
Read those and other tributes below.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 6, 2022
My heart is broken – my dear friend Peter is no longer with us in the physical form. I loved him and will miss him. What a wonderful artist. He’s left us with the gift of his incredible films and his insights on the filmmakers he so admired. I love you Peter. pic.twitter.com/6L1jWAGBOK
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 6, 2022
Peter Bogdanovich passed away. He was a dear friend and a champion of Cinema. He birthed masterpieces as a director and was a most genial human. He single-handedly interviewed and enshrined the lives and work of more classic filmmakers than almost anyone else in his generation. pic.twitter.com/hL08ORCilN
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 6, 2022
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of my oldest friends, legendary director & film historian, Peter Bogdanovich. Besides being extraordinarily talented, he was a gentle soul with an enormous heart. I am forever grateful to have worked with him. RIP Peter 😢🎬 pic.twitter.com/BrBBL2oXqM
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) January 6, 2022
#PeterBogdanovich has passed away at the age of 82. He was a brilliant director (SAINT JACK is the masterwork you may not know) and also a marvelous film critic and author. In many ways, he was the North Star of my career. RIP. https://t.co/RbBFcDjYJm
— Rod Lurie (@RodLurie) January 6, 2022
#PeterBogdanovich was an iconic film maker, cinephile, film historian and, in my experience, a generous mentor to aspiring film makers. So much respect for him and his work.
PS: check out Paper Moon.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) January 6, 2022
Peter Bogdanovich, who I got to know through Cybill Shepherd, passed away today. A good man and a great filmmaker. Watch his films, read his books or listen to the podcast about his life on “The Plot Thickens”…all will be time well spent. #PeterBogdanovich #CybillShepherd
— Glenn Caron (@GlennGCaron) January 6, 2022
RIP Peter Bogdanovich 1939-2022 – such a great film appreciator & creator, taught a lot of us where to look. https://t.co/2iZcpMwUyQ
— Whit Stillman (@WhitStillman) January 6, 2022
Peter Bogdanovich loved the movies. Making them, watching them, analyzing them, talking all night long about them. “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up Doc?” are two of the most entertaining films of all time. Put on an ascot and watch them tonight. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/ZRD53i7FY6
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) January 6, 2022
Just heard Peter Has Died.
I’m Proud Of The Film (mask) We Made Together, & In The End I’m Sure He Must Have Been As Well.
He made Some Very
Memorable Films,& Discovered amazingly
— Cher (@cher) January 6, 2022
We are saddened to hear about the passing of prolific director and a dear friend of ours, Peter Bogdanovich. A leading voice of ’70s Hollywood and a champion of Classic Hollywood, his passion inspired generations of filmmakers.@THR remembers him here: https://t.co/gKBTKfD9TZ pic.twitter.com/M5QXkUImXc
— TCM (@tcm) January 6, 2022
We’re saddened by the passing of Peter Bogdanovich, who leaves behind a significant body of work, including THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, WHAT’S UP, DOC?, and PAPER MOON—all released within the span of 3 years. pic.twitter.com/0Wa5ceY9za
— Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) January 6, 2022
RIP Peter Bogdanovich! You made me fall in love with movies. Rest well ❤https://t.co/eCtg4fCOZ9
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 6, 2022
My friend, my mentor, my second father, is gone.
I will always love him deeply. I can’t imagine a world without him. I’m hearthbroken.
Goodbye, dear Peter Bogdanovich, you made my life better. pic.twitter.com/UWueSfqlZV
— aхel ĸυѕcнevaтzĸy (@AxelKuschevatzk) January 6, 2022
RIP Peter Bogdanovich. He made some amazing films, including one the greatest comedies of all time, “What’s Up, Doc?” I had the pleasure to direct him for his brief cameo in my episode “Yokel Chords” and he did not disappoint. pic.twitter.com/1ps0poGBxm
— Michael Price (@mikepriceinla) January 6, 2022
One of the GREAT directors of the 1970s has died. Peter Bogdanovich’s films include THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, PAPER MOON, WHAT’S UP DOC, & the brilliant little known SAINT JACK (below). PB was also a great Hollywood historian (read his books), and a fine actor (THE SOPRANOS). RIP pic.twitter.com/uzLBABOCWF
— Richard Shepard (@SaltyShep) January 6, 2022
I will never forget this night. The picture played so well (it’s underrated!) and the audience would’ve stayed all night to hear more of Peter Bogdanovich’s incredible stories. What a life and career. https://t.co/G3AyPuiQxJ
— Michael H. Weber (@thisisweber) January 6, 2022
RIP Peter Bogdanovich. People talk mostly about The Last Picture Show, but I watched Paper Moon & What’s Up Doc? & They All Laughed dozens of times growing up. He loved movies & we loved him for it. 🙏
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 6, 2022
This Peter Bogdanovich book was gifted to us in high school. The inscription is as true today as it was in 2002. Skip film school and just read this book over and over. pic.twitter.com/H1zLEk0Rnq
— Beck/Woods (@beckandwoods) January 6, 2022
Saddened to hear of Peter Bogdanovich’s passing. Directed at least 3 classic movies (not the one we made!) and THE greatest movie historian in the business. Say hi to Orson, Hawkes, and Sturges for me, my friend. RIP.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 6, 2022
We have lost a true movie maverick. Peter Bogdanovich was a beloved artist & a dedicated film historian. We are forever in debt for all that he has done for film, and for all of the movies he created, including one of the greatest films of all time, #TheLastPictureShow. pic.twitter.com/JUVRtjKHFU
— AFI (@AmericanFilm) January 6, 2022
Goodnight to the great director-actor-writer-producer-film historian and endlessly passionate cinephile Peter Bogdanovich. 🖤
A beautiful moment from his 1971 masterpiece THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. pic.twitter.com/AYp1K9zwLj
— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) January 6, 2022
We are incredibly saddened to have lost our friend Peter Bogdanovich. A brilliant filmmaker and film historian, we will remember his films always ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fSAOVoLMld
— American Cinematheque (@am_cinematheque) January 6, 2022
Peter Bogdanovich was Tom Petty‘s close and personal friend. We are sad to hear of his passing.
Tom was so thrilled when he agreed to be the director for what would become the film about his legacy with the Heartbreakers- Running Down A Dream. pic.twitter.com/AzOCxJ8mKU
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) January 6, 2022