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Haskell Wexler


Born - 6 February 1922, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died - 27 December 2015

Rangy American cinematographer whose distinctive work over a 60-year career in both fictional and documentary films won him two Oscars and numerous other awards. After a non-fiction short The Living City (1953), he came into demand for ever more important projects: Stake Out on Dope Street (1958, starring his brother, Yale Wexler), The Savage Eye (1960), The Hoodlum Priest (1961), The Anatolian Smile/America America (1963), The Best Man (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Medium Cool (1969), The Conversation (1974), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978), Second-hand Hearts (1981), The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Matewan (1987), Blaze (1989), Other People's Money (1991), The Babe (1992), Canadian Bacon (1995), Mulholland Falls (1996), Limbo (1999) and Silver City (2004), then a string of documentaries, culminating in Four Days in Chicago (2013), his last. The third of his three wives was actress Rita Taggart, who survives him.