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 Bruce Surtees

Bruce Surtees

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 23 Feb 2012 (aged 74)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 85767040 · View Source
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Motion Picture Cinematographer. Best known for his efforts on several Clint Eastwood features. His utilization of dimly-lit scenery which created the sense of mystery earned him the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Born Bruce Mohr Powell Surtees, the son of acclaimed cinematographer Robert Surtees, he attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and broke into the industry, serving as an assistant cameraman for his father on the films "The Hallelujah Trail" (1965) and "Lost Command" (1966). He began to make a name for himself during the late 1960s, starting with a position as camera operator for the picture "Coogan's Bluff" (1968). This film marked the beginning of lengthy and successful associations with Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood on numerous projects. Sutress' style was illustrated in "Dirty Harry" (1971), the first installment of the series which made Eastwood a household name. His element was added in the Westerns "Joe Kidd" (1972), "High Plains Drifter" (1973) and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976). In 1974, he joined forces with Bob Fosse to yield "Lenny", which earned him an Academy Award nomination and two years later, he teamed up again with Don Siegel on "The Shootist" (1976), which had the distinction of being John Wayne's last film. Further credits include "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979), "Risky Business" (1983), "Sudden Impact" (1983), "Beverly Hills Cop" (1985) and "Pale Rider" (1985). He received an Emmy Award nomination for the TV-mini series "Dash and Lilly" (1999).

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  • Added: 26 Feb 2012
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