Influential director Arthur Penn, who helmed the revolutionary crime drama 'Bonnie and Clyde,' died Tuesday evening, just one day after his 88th birthday.

The news was confirmed to the NY Times by Penn's son, Evan Bell, though the cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Penn, who began his career in television and the theater, gained notoriety in the early '60s with the release of the 1962 film 'The Miracle Worker,' about the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. The film, which was based on Penn's Tony-winning stage production, earned Penn his first of three Academy Award nominations, and won Oscars for its stars, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.
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