Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club and HBO hit show Big Little Lies, died Sunday in Quebec City, Canada at the age of 58. Vallée’s publicist confirmed the news to CNN, though a cause of death was not immediately available.
“He was a friend, creative partner and an older brother to me,” Nathan Ross, a partner in Vallée’s production company Crazyrose, said in a statement. “The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.”
“What you may not know is that he was sweet and kind, full of gratitude, remembered birthdays and sent awesome mixtapes, while still being a creative genius,” his publicist, Bumble Ward, wrote on Twitter.
Vallée helmed numerous short films before his critically-acclaimed 1995 debut feature Black List. While 2009’s The Young Victoria, a biopic about Queen Victoria, earned three Academy Award nominations, it was Vallée’s work on the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club that earned hm international acclaim.
The film told the true story of Ron Woodruff, an AIDS patient in the 1980s who smuggled unapproved drugs to try and treat the disease. It would go on to be both a critical and commercial success, garnering six Oscar nominations and three wins, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto.
In 2017, Vallée became both executive producer and director of Big Little Lies, the HBO show based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book centered around the denizens of an upper-class city involved in a murder investigation.
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