April 11, 2011 at 07:02 PM EDT

Beau Bridges, who starred in Sidney Lumet’s 1974 and 1972 films, Lovin’ Molly and Child’s Play, has released a statement to EW paying tribute to the late director, who passed away Saturday at the age of 86. Said Bridges in his statement: “As a director, he was probably more prepared for the shoot than anyone I had ever worked for. He drew the locations out on a rehearsal floor with tape and knew where everyone moved before we actually started  shooting. He loved the process of film-making and his joyful soul  permeated his cast and crew. As a man he was gentle and kind. He was very wise and mentored many young people as they set out on their journey… including me.  I will miss him very much.”

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Sidney Lumet, director of film classics, dies at 86

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Sidney Lumet Talks About His Oscar-Nominated Films (from EW archive, January 2008)

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