Legendary film director Nicolas Roeg, whose credits include The Man Who Fell to Earth and Don't Look Now, has died at the age of 90.

The London-born star, who also directed hit movies including Walkabout, Castaway, Bad Timing and The Witches, passed away on Friday night, his family has confirmed.

His son Nicolas Roeg Junior paid tribute to his, "genuine dad," explaining how, "he just had his 90th birthday in August."

"He was a genuine dad," he said.

"He just had his 90th birthday in August."

Don't Look Now (1973), based on a Daphne du Maurier short story, starred Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.

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Sci-fi flick The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) famously featured David Bowie as an unhappy alien.

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His other credits include Performance (1970) starring Mick Jagger, and Walkabout (1971) featuring Jenny Agutter.

James Fox, Cecil Beaton and Mick Jagger on the set of the crime drama Performance, London, 2nd November 1968

Roeg's last major film was The Witches, in 1990, which starred Angelica Houston.

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Tributes poured in for the much-loved filmmaker with director Edgar Wright among those paying tribute to Roeg.

Filmmaker Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie paid tribute to Roeg, calling him a "great storyteller" and "inimitable".

"Farewell to the extraordinary cinematic talent, director Nicolas Roeg. His films hypnotised me for years and still continue to intrigue," he wrote on Twitter.

"Along with classics like Performance and Walkabout, I could watch Don't Look Now on a loop and never tire of its intricacies. A master of the art."

Film producer Jonathan Sothcott called the late star a "gentleman" and "one of our great directors".

The movie great was awarded with a British Film Institute Fellowship in 1994 and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.

Roeg married actress Susan Stephen in 1957 and had four children, before they split in 1997. He married Russell in 1982 and had two children before remarrying a third time after their divorce to actress Harriet Harper in 2005.