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
Was camera operator on "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies"
First feature as director of photography, "The Sadist/Profile of Terror"; credited as William Zsigmond
Began directing first feature in late 1990, the Israeli-Hungarian co-production "The Prodigal Father/The Prodigal Son"
First feature with director Robert Altman "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
Again worked as the cinematographer on Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"
Worked with Brian De Palma on "Obsession"
Won an Oscar for his work as the cinematographer on Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematographer on Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter"
Again worked with Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate"
Was the cinematographer on the Brian De Palma thriller "Blow Out"
Again worked with Brian De Palma on "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Was the cinematographer for the Jack Nicholson directed "The Two Jakes"
Earned an Emmy for his work on the TV-movie "Stalin"
Was the cinematographer for "The Ghost and the Darkness"
Earned an Emmy nomination for his work on "The Mists of Avalon"
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Cinematographer for "The Black Dahlia"