Michael Laughlin dead: Filmmaker dies from Covid-19 complications aged 82

Michael Laughlin dead: Filmmaker dies from Covid-19 complications aged 82

Filmmaker and producer Michael Laughlin has died at the age of 82.

The star, whose credits included movies such as Two-Lane Blacktop and Strange Behavior died on October 20, his friend Brooke Nasser told Variety.

He is said to have suffered from complications related to COVID-19 and died at his home in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Michael began his showbiz career when he moved to London to become a film producer.

The Illinois-native worked on many projects, including Bryan Forbes’ 1967 thriller The Whispers and the 1968 feature Joanna.

While living abroad, he met and married French actress and ballerina Leslie Caron, before the pair separated in 1975.

Michael Laughlin has died at 82 from COVID-19 complications
Michael Laughlin/Instagram)

Between 1976 and 1991, he lived with writer Susanna Moore and served as both screenwriter and director on three of his own features, most notably slasher film Strange Behavior.

During the 1970s, Michael was the man behind eight independent features coming to fruition, including the Monte Hellman-directed cult classic Two-Lane Blacktop.

He is survived by his three stepchildren, Christopher Hall, Jennifer Caron Hall and Lulu Sylbert.

Jennifer left an emotional tribute on social media in honour of her stepfather. She wrote: “Michael Stoddard Laughlin. 1938-2021.

“Best stepfather anybody ever had.”

Alongside her words, she shared a glowing report from 1998 in which Variety said he “could be the poster boy for over-50 screenwriters everywhere” after Town and Country starring Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton began filming.

Michael Laughlin was a co-writer on the 2001 film Town & Country that starred Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton

The hit movie was later released in 2001.

In addition to his cinematic career, Michael was also a farm owner and a writer.

His book titled Radical Golf was published by Crown in 1996, while his recently finished memoir will be published posthumously.

Fans also paid their respects to the star on social media following the news.

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