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Also Known As: William Zsigmond Died:
Born: June 16, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hungary Profession: director of photography, lab technician, cameraman, still photographer, camera assistant

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Along with Laszlo Kovacs, a fellow student who also fled Hungary in 1956, Vilmos Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s.

Along with Laszlo Kovacs, a fellow student who also fled Hungary in 1956, Vilmos Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Long Shadow, The (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Side by Side (2012)
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6.
 Maverick (1994) Albert Bierstadt
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1956:
Immigrated to US along with Laszlo Kovacks; brought footage of the Budapest uprising of October
:
Worked as stills photographer and cinematographer of educational films, then on commercials
1962:
Was camera operator on "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies"
1963:
First feature as director of photography, "The Sadist/Profile of Terror"; credited as William Zsigmond
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Began directing first feature in late 1990, the Israeli-Hungarian co-production "The Prodigal Father/The Prodigal Son"
1971:
First feature with director Robert Altman "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
1973:
Again worked as the cinematographer on Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"
1976:
Worked with Brian De Palma on "Obsession"
1977:
Won an Oscar for his work as the cinematographer on Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
1978:
Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematographer on Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter"
1980:
Again worked with Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate"
1981:
Was the cinematographer on the Brian De Palma thriller "Blow Out"
1990:
Again worked with Brian De Palma on "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
1990:
Was the cinematographer for the Jack Nicholson directed "The Two Jakes"
1992:
Earned an Emmy for his work on the TV-movie "Stalin"
1996:
Was the cinematographer for "The Ghost and the Darkness"
2001:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his work on "The Mists of Avalon"
2006:
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Cinematographer for "The Black Dahlia"
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Education

Academy for Theater and Film Art: - 1951

Notes

"I think that every picture has its own world and I want to create a look for that particular picture each time I'm doing one. My mind only starts working when I read the script and see the sets. Then you start creating that world." --Zsigmond quoted in "Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (Berkley, CA: University of California Press, 1984).

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wife:
Elizabeth Fuzes. Divorced.

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father:
Vilmo Zsigmond. Soccer goalie, coach.
mother:
Bozena Zsigmond.
daughter:
Julia Zsigmond.
daughter:
Susi Zsigmond.
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