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Also Known As: Died: February 27, 2001
Born: March 31, 1941 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: Cinematography ...
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Raised in Bavaria
1954:
family emigrated to Vermont in the USA
1963:
After college, attempted to pursue an acting career; appeared on stage in the Off-Broadway productions, "A Man's a Man" and "Best Foot Forward", the latter alongside Liza Minnelli
1966:
Served in the US Army Signal Corps as a filmmaker and teacher of combat photography at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
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After military service, moved to NYC and worked his way up from electrician to lighting designer and gaffer
1972:
Began his feature career as a gaffer and lighting designer for director John G Avildsen on "The Stoolie"
1974:
First films as director of photography, "Foreplay" (co-directed by Avildsen), "Saturday Night at the Baths" and "There Is No 13"
1976:
Did second unit photography on Avildsen's "Rocky", including the famous shot of Rocky running up the steps of the Museum of Art in Philadelphia
1977:
Breakthrough feature as cinematographer, "Saturday Night Fever", helmed by John Badham
1978:
Reteamed with Avildsen as director of photography on "Slow Dancing in the City"
1980:
Received Oscar nomination for his cinematography on "Coal Miner's Daughter", starring Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn; first film with director Michael Apted
1981:
Collaborated with art director-turned-helmer Jack Fisk (Spacek's husband) on Fisk's feature directing debut, "Raggedy Man", starring Spacek
1983:
Reteamed with Apted for "Gorky Park"
1985:
First documentary feature with Apted, "Bring on the Night", chronicled the formation of Sting's post-Police rock-jazz band, culminating in their first concert performance
1986:
Reteamed with Fisk and Spacek on "Violets Are Blue"
1987:
Played a judge in Apted's "Critical Condition"; also worked as director pf photography
1989:
As one of four cinematographers, contributed to Apted's "The Long Way Home", a documentary about Soviet underground rock star Boris Grebenshikov; last feature collaboration (to date) with the director
1992:
Worked as 2nd unit director on Jonathan Kaplan's "Love Field"; also served as cinematographer
1992:
Crossed paths with Apted (executive producer) on ABC series "Crossroads", serving as director of photography on an untitled episode directed by Apted and directing the episodes "The Harvest"
1993:
Was director of photography on two high-profile small screen projects: "John Leguizamo's 'Spic-O-Rama'" (HBO) and the CBS remake of the musical "Gypsy", for which he earned an Emmy nod
1993:
First association with screenwriter Holly Goldberg Sloan, Richard Benjamin's "Made in America"; Sloan's first produced script
1995:
Served as director of photography for Sloan's directorial debut, "The Big Green"
1995:
Was cinematographer on the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Jessica Lange
1997:
Returned to musicals as the director of photography for "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella", a presentation of ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney"
1999:
Shot "American Pie", co-helmed by Paul and Chris Weitz from a script by Holly Goldberg Sloan
1999:
Served as cinematographer for the ABC/Disney adaptation of "Annie"; earned Emmy nomination

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