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Born: April 1, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cinematography ...
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Grew up in NYC's Washington Heights
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After graduating from Hampshire College, worked in photo lab in New York
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Claims to have served as cinematographer on at least nine pornographic films shot over a 22-day period
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Shot corporate films and documentaries
1982:
Worked as cinematographer for the documentary "In Our Water," about water pollution in New Jersey (shown on PBS' "Frontline")
1984:
First feature as director of photography, Joel Coen's "Blood Simple"; first of a series of collaborations with the Coen brothers; also shot the trailer that enabled the Coens to raise money for the project
1984:
First TV credit as director of photography, the "ABC Afterschool Special" titled "Out of Step"
1985:
Shot first TV miniseries "Doubletake" (CBS)
1986:
Provided "additional projection camera" for Laurie Anderson's experimental concert film "Home of the Brave"
1986:
First TV-movie as cinematographer, "Welcome Home, Bobby" (CBS)
1987:
Reteamed with the Coens as cinematographer of "Raising Arizona"
1988:
First film with director Rob Reiner, "When Harry Met Sally..."
1990:
Last project to date with the Coens, "Miller's Crossing"
1990:
Second time as director of photography for Reiner, "Misery"
1991:
Directorial debut, "The Addams Family"
1993:
Feature producing debut (as co-producer), "For Love or Money"; also directed
1994:
Helmed sequel "Addams Family Values"
1995:
Signed two-year deal with Walt Disney Company; formed own eponymous production company
1995:
Directed the comedy "Get Shorty"; script by Scott Frank and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard; also played small role as Doorman
1997:
Helmed the summer blockbuster "Men in Black," starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
1998:
Executive produced Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight; scripted by Frank and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard
1998:
Executive produced (also directed pilot) "Maximum Bob" (ABC), based on a novel by Leonard
1998:
Executive produced the ABC series remake "Fantasy Island"
1999:
Directed the feature version of the 1960s TV series "Wild Wild West," starring Will Smith; made came as an alien
1999:
Walked away uninjured when the Gulfstream II jet on which he was the lone passenger crash-landed at Van Nuys, CA airport
2000:
Co-executive produced "Secret Agent Man" (UPN)
2000:
In July, terminated film producing partnership with Barry Josephson; TV deal unaffected
2001:
Served as executive producer and occasional director of the Fox midseason replacement series "The Tick"
2002:
Helmed "Men in Black II," the sequel to the 1997 hit; again made cameo in film
2006:
Directed Robin Williams in the comedy "RV"
2007:
Produced (also directed) the ABC series "Pushing Daisies"
2012:
Returned to directing features with "Men in Black III"; re-teamed with stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; also made cameo in film

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