Director Brian G. Hutton has died, aged 79.

The filmmaker passed away on Tuesday (19Aug14) after suffering a heart attack last week (begs11Aug14).

The New York City native began his career as an actor, but stepped behind the camera after taking part in a directing programme with Universal Studios.

In 1968, Hutton directed Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in the war classic Where Eagles Dare, and he teamed with the duo again in 1970 for Kelly's Heroes, which also starred Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton also made two movies with Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor - drama X, Y and Zee opposite Michael Caine and Night Watch with Laurence Harvey.

In 1980, Hutton was recruited to replace Roman Polanski as the director of The First Deadly Sin, after his predecessor fled America to escape statutory rape charges. The movie featured Faye Dunaway and Frank Sinatra in his final major film role.

Hutton also directed the films High Road to China, The Pad and How to Use It, and Sol Madrid.

As an actor, Hutton starred in movies like Fear Strikes Out, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, King Creole, The Case Against Brooklyn, and Tv shows such as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel, Rawhide and The Rifleman.