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Michael Ballhaus (I) (1935–2017)


Michael Ballhaus was born on August 5, 1935 in Berlin, Germany. He was a cinematographer, known for The Departed (2006), Goodfellas (1990) and Gangs of New York (2002). He was married to Sherry Hormann and Helga Ballhaus. He died on April 11, 2017 in Berlin. See full bio »

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(age 81) in Berlin, Germany

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Departed
The Departed Cinematographer
(2006)
Goodfellas
Goodfellas Cinematographer
(1990)
Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York Cinematographer
(2002)
Sleepers
Sleepers Cinematographer
(1996)

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 2006 The Departed (director of photography)
 2005 Sonntagsluft (director of photography)
 2003 Something's Gotta Give (director of photography)
 2003 Uptown Girls (director of photography)
 2002 Gangs of New York (director of photography)
 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance (director of photography)
 1998 Primary Colors (director of photography)
 1997 Air Force One
 1996 Kreuz & quer
 1996 Sleepers
 1995 Outbreak
 1994 Quiz Show
 1993 The Age of Innocence (director of photography)
 1992 Dracula (director of photography)
 1990 Postcards from the Edge (director of photography)
 1990 Goodfellas (director of photography)
 1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys (director of photography)
 1988 Working Girl (director of photography)
 1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (director of photography)
 1988 The Last Temptation of Christ (director of photography)
 1988 The House on Carroll Street (director of photography)
 1987 Broadcast News (director of photography)
 1986 The Color of Money (director of photography)
 1985 After Hours
 1984 Heartbreakers (director of photography)
 1984 Old Enough
 1984 Das Autogramm
 1984 Reckless
 1983 Baby It's You
 1983 Sheer Madness
 1981 Looping
 1981 Malou
 1981 Lili Marleen (uncredited)
 1978 Despair (director of photography)
 1976 Satan's Brew
 1976 Sommergäste
 1973 Das sündige Bett (as Michael Alexander)
 1972 Tödlicher Poker (director of photography)
 1971 Whity
 1970 Wir - zwei
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Other Works:

Cinematographer for 3 Bruce Springsteen videos: "I'm on Fire". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Michael Alexander
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Personal Quote:

[how his difficult collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder prepared him for his career in the U.S.] It helped a lot because he was not an easy director. He was very hard on me and he was very pushy. He always cracked the whip to be fast and not to spend too much time. So I learned to be fast and still tried to be good. That was a big help later when I started shooting in the States. It was ... See more »

Trivia:

Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 60th Venice International Film Festival in 2003. See more »

Trademark:

Cinematographer of many films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese and Mike Nichols.

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Leo

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