Roger Corman, director of a series of cult films, including "Little Shop of Horrors", died at the age of 98

Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Charles Bronson were among the actors he helped develop

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Roger Corman, director of a series of cult films, including the version Small shops of horrorsa from the 1960s, he died at the age of 98.

His family told the film paper To cheat that the director died on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, California.

"His films were revolutionary and iconoclastic, and captured the spirit of an era," their statement reads.

Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Charles Bronson were among the actors he helped develop.

Directors James Cameron and Martin Scorsese learned from his films.

Many of his films became cult classics, and he became famous for the speed with which he worked, often shooting two films on the same location simultaneously to save money.

Roger Corman was born in Detroit on April 5, 1926.

His father William was an engineer, and he intended to follow in his footsteps.

However, while studying in college, he was drawn to filmmaking and after a short period working for General Motors, he quit his job and went to work for 20 Century Fox as a courier.

Failing to make much progress, he traveled to Europe, where, among other things, he briefly studied English literature at Oxford.

He returned to the US with ambitions to become a screenwriter.

He sold the first script, House in the sea, in 1953, recorded as Highway Dragnet the following year, and Korman was signed on as co-producer.

However, he was so annoyed by the changes to his story that he scraped together cash and started working as a producer.

Korman started directing in 1955. he was the firstborn Womane from the swamp and in the next 15 years he made more than 50 films, gaining a reputation for the speed with which he managed to churn them out.

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It became something of a joke in the movie industry that Corman could close a deal on a pay phone, shoot a movie in a pay phone, and pay for it with coins from the machine.

The 1960 film Little Shop of Horrors, in which a young Jack Nicholson made a brief appearance, was shot in two days because Corman used the set of the previous film A bucket of blood.

The stage musical based on the film premiered in 1982 and received a second film version four years later.

Corman decided to expand his horizons with a series of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and starring Vincent Price - all but one.

House of Usher was shown in 1960, followed by a series of others - the Raven, Mask of the Red Death i Tomb of Ligeia.

In the 1962 film, Intruder, which dealt with racial tensions in the American Deep South, featured a young William Shatner and won an award at the Venice Film Festival.

Despite this, the film was not a success at the box office and became Corman's first loss-making film, leading him to comment that it would stick to those that entertain rather than deliver a social message.

For a time, he became part of the counterculture of the 1960s, making a biker film Wild angels, starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra.

He also directed Travel, written by and starring Jack Nicholson.

The film was perceived as a forerunner Naked in the saddle, with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in the cast.

In the late 1960s, he founded his own production company, New World Pictures.

He continued to make films on a modest budget and began distributing films made by respected foreign auteurs, including François Triffot, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini, introducing them to American audiences for the first time.

He sold New World Pictures in the 1980s, but then founded two new production companies.

He returned to the director's chair in 1990 with the film Frankenstein Unleashed.

Based on the novel by Brian Aldis, it starred John Hart and Bridget Fonda and featured a cameo appearance by Michael Hutchence, lead vocalist of the Australian band INXS.

He received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and continued to record well into the eighties, recording in 2010. A dino i Sharktopus for the Saifaj TV channel.

The sheer quantity of films he's worked on is unparalleled, as is his ability to find and nurture new talent.

Many of his films have achieved cult status, and few directors have been so successful in making popular films with such a limited budget.

When asked how he would like to be remembered, Corman replied, "I was a filmmaker, that's all," the family said in a statement.

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