Nicolas Roeg dead: The Man Who Fell to Earth director dies aged 90

Hollywood director Nicolas Roeg has died.

The London-born star – who directed hit movies including Performance, Walkabout, Castaway, Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing and The Witches – passed away aged 90, his family has confirmed.

Tributes poured in for the Man Who Fell to Earth director, with one fan tweeted, ‘I am heartbroken to read that the great Nicolas Roeg passed away last night.

"So many great films in his lineup that I find absolutely fascinating. You’re one of a kind, sir. May you rest easy."

"Hearing reports that Nicolas Roeg has passed away. Very sad, if true," echoed another, hailing him a "true cinematic master."

Nicolas Roeg dead: The Man Who Fell to Earth director dies aged 90

He was the brain behind The Witches
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Nicolas Roeg dead: The Man Who Fell to Earth director dies aged 90

David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth

He made his directorial debut 23 years after starting work in the film industry and was famed for his disjointed and disorientating editing.

He was born in London in 1928 and completed National Service before starting work as a tea boy at Marylebone Studios in the UK capital.

He next worked as a clapper-loader before working as a camera operator in films such as Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure and The Trials of Oscar Wilde.

It wasn’t until the late 1960s that his talent as a director became clear, with his movie Performance going on to become one of the cult movies of the decade.

While reception was lukewarm at first, the film went on to become a pop culture hit with Mick Jagger playing a reclusive rock star who allows a wannabe London gangster to move in with him to escape his criminal bosses.