No details of his death are currently available.
DGA President Thomas Schlamme said: “Today, we are saddened by the death of the awesome director, long-time DGA leader and my friend Michael Apted. His legacy will be Forever into the cinema and our guild.”
Schram said: “As a director’s fearless vision and unparalleled guild leader, Michael has seen the trajectory of development without others, and we are all beneficiaries of his wisdom and life-long dedication.”
Apted was born in Aylesbury, England in 1941 and has a wealth of works in the fields of television, film and documentary.
He directed the 1980 film “The Coal Miner’s Daughter”
Other famous works he directed include “Agatha”, “Gorky Park”, “Gorilla in the Mist”, “Nell” and “Enough”.
Apted directed the 1999 film “The World Is Not Enough” from the James Bond series, and the third part of the “Chronicles of Narnia” film series.
Apted’s most famous documentary work is the long-running “Up” series. In the past few decades, the lives of more than a dozen Britons have been sought after, starting with the 14 seven-year-olds in the movie “Seven Up”.
Subsequent films are produced every seven years, re-examining the changes in the life of each child as an adult, and the advanced age in the final work “63 Up”.
In 2003, Apt was elected president of DGA, and his term of office is until 2009. His six-year tenure is the longest as the president of DGA since 1960.
Steven Soderbergh, director and co-founder of Apted’s Guild’s Independent Board Committee, said: “I spent countless hours, actually only two feet away from Michael, and loved every minute of it. Except for his own excellent Outside of work, he is incalculable to DGA; he invested his entire BEING in the guild and inspired us all to follow his example. We are lucky to know him.”
In 2009, Queen Elizabeth II was awarded the St Michael and St George medals in recognition of his work in the entertainment industry.
His wife Paige and three children survived.
CNN’s Travis Caldwell (Travis Caldwell) contributed to this report.