LONDON -- American writer and film producer Ernest Tidyman died in a London hospital Saturday, his publicist said, He was 56.
Tidyman, who was in London for a production meeting about a film to be set in Europe, died of a perforated ulcer in Westminster Hospital.
He won an Academy Award in 1971 for his screenplay of the 'French Connection' and he wrote the Shaft films, about a black American detective, for which he received an award from the NAACP.
Born in Cleveland Jan 1, 1928, Tidyman worked on the New York Post from 1956 to 1960 and The New York Times from 1960 to 1966.
He became a screenwriter in 1969. Besides the 'French Connection,' his other films were 'High Plains Drifter,' starring Clint Eastwood, and 'Report to the Commissioner.'
He wrote 16 novels, the last being 'Big Bucks,' a crime thriller.
Tidyman, who lived in Connecticut is survived by his fourth wife, Chris Clark Tidyman, and four sons: Benjamin, Nathanial, Adam and Nicholas.