February 3, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA
July 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Michael Cimino was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.
He is best known for writing and directing The Deer Hunter, which won 5 Academy Awards including Best Director, and the controversial followup, Heaven's Gate. His films are characterized by their striking visual style and controversial subject matter.