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Born: June 2, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director of photography, producer, screenwriter, director

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Haskell Wexler initiated his feature filmmaking career as a cinematographer in the late 1950s, having previously shot educational and industrial films. The Chicago native had traveled to California to attend Berkeley, but dropped out after one year. He served as a merchant seaman during WWII and then returned to Illinois. Wexler and his father purchased and refurbished an armory in Des Plaines, turning it into a film studio. The venture was unsuccessful and Wexler set out to learn about film production, beginning as a cameraman and eventually working up to cinematographer.

Haskell Wexler initiated his feature filmmaking career as a cinematographer in the late 1950s, having previously shot educational and industrial films. The Chicago native had traveled to California to attend Berkeley, but dropped out after one year. He served as a merchant seaman during WWII and then returned to Illinois. Wexler and his father purchased and refurbished an armory in Des Plaines, turning it into a film studio. The venture was unsuccessful and Wexler set out to learn about film production, beginning as a cameraman and eventually working up to cinematographer.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Bus Riders Union (2000) Director
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  Latino (1985) Director
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  Bus II (1983) Director
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  No Nukes (1980) Documentary Footage Director
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  Medium Cool (1969) Director
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  The Bus (1965) Director
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  Marc Anthony: The Concert From Madison Square Garden (2000) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Tell Them Who You Are (2004) Himself
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
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 Underground (1976)
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Merchant Seaman during World War II (spent two weeks in lifeboat after ship was sunk)
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With father, purchased armory in Des Plaines, IL and started a film studio
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Closed studio and began working as cameraman
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Worked as cameraman and later cinematographer on industrial and educational films
1958:
First film as director of photography (uncredited), "Stakeout on Dope Street"
1959:
First on-screen credit for cinematography, "Five Bold Women"
1965:
Co-produced (with John Calley) Tony Richardson's "The Loved One" (also director of photography)
1965:
Documentary directing and screenwriting debut, "The Bus" (also producer; director of photography)
1969:
Feature film writing and directing debut (also director of photography; producer), "Medium Cool"
1976:
First film appearance in "Underground" (documentary)
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Co-founded with Conrad L Hall, Wexler-Hall, Inc., a TV commercial production company, in mid-1970s
1996:
Received Star No. 2062 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 28)
2001:
Earned Emmy nomination for lensing of the HBO movie "61*"
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -
Francis W Parker School: -

Notes

"I think that film, motion picture film, and I'm including television because television is what people see, is the most potent force to influence people's habits. . . . the media have an opportunity to change people's ideas about what is propoer, what is right, what is desirable. THe potential for social change is there." --Wexler quoted in "Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (University of California Press, 1984)

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wife:
Nancy Ashenhurst. Divorced; mother of two of his children.
wife:
Marian Witt. Divorced.
wife:
Rita Taggart. Actor. Married in 1989.

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father:
Simon Wexler.
brother:
Jerry Wexler. Real estate magnate.
daughter:
Katherine Wexler. Mother, Nancy Ashenhurst.
son:
Jeffrey Wexler. Mother, Nancy Ashenhurst.
son:
Mark Wexler. Mother, Marian Witt.
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