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Cancer claims director Michael Ritchie at 62

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NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Ritchie, who directed the Robert Redford movies "Downhill Racer" and "The Candidate" early in his career and went on to make several quirky comedies, died from complications of prostate cancer. He was 62.

Ritchie, who died Monday, made his Hollywood feature debut in 1969 with "Downhill Racer," the story of a self-centered skier played by Redford. In 1972, he directed "The Candidate," a highly acclaimed film that stars Redford as an idealistic young politician who eventually finds himself part of the corruption he despises.