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Michael Ballhaus (I) (1935–2017)

Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Departed (2006). Ballhaus was ... See full bio »


(age 81) in Berlin, Germany

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 3096 Tage
 2009 Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection (Video) (videos "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue")
 2009 Purple Sunrise (Short)
 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)
 2002 Mutti (Short)
 2001 Gone Underground (Short)
 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 Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (Video) (segment "Papa Don't Preach")
 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)
 1988 Baja Oklahoma (TV Movie)
 1987 Broadcast News (director of photography)
 1986 Landscape with Waitress (TV Movie)
 1986 The Color of Money (director of photography)
 1986 Madonna: True Blue (Video short)
 1986 Madonna: Papa Don't Preach (Video short)
 1986 Prince: Mountains (Video short)
 1985 After Hours
 1985 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
 1984 Heartbreakers (director of photography)
 1984 Old Enough
 1984 Das Autogramm
 1984 Reckless
 1983 Baby It's You
 1983 Sheer Madness
 1982 Der Auslöser (TV Movie)
 1981 Looping
 1981 Oye Raimundo, adónde vas? (Documentary)
 1981 Malou
 1981 Lili Marleen (uncredited)
 1980 Also es war so... (TV Movie)
 1979 Trilogie des Wiedersehens (TV Movie)
 1979 Bourbon Street Blues (Short)
 1979 Alpensaga (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1978 Der Gehilfe (TV Movie)
 1978 Despair (director of photography)
 1978 Deutschland im Herbst (Documentary)
 1977 Bolwieser (TV Movie)
 1977 Ein Haus für uns (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Die Insel (1977)
 1977 Frauen in New York (TV Movie)
 1977 Nur zum Spaß, nur zum Spiel (Documentary)
 1977 Curd Jürgens (TV Movie documentary)
 1977 Auf dem Chimborazo (TV Movie)
 1976 Satan's Brew
 1976 Sonntag (TV Movie)
 1976 Dorothea Merz (TV Movie)
 1976 Sommergäste
 1974 Rosenmontag (TV Movie)
 1974/I Martha (TV Movie)
 1974 Unter einem Dach (TV Series)
 1973 Tatort (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1973 Das sündige Bett (as Michael Alexander)
 1973 Welt am Draht (TV Series)
 1973 Ich bin ein Bürger der DDR (TV Movie documentary)
 1972 Tödlicher Poker (director of photography)
 1972 Adele Spitzeder (TV Movie)
 1972 Der Held (TV Movie)
 1972 Der Marquis von Keith (TV Movie)
 1971 Sand (TV Movie)
 1971 Whity
 1971 Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8 (TV Movie documentary)
 1971 Die Verabredung mit der Wirklichkeit (TV Movie documentary)
 1970 Wir - zwei
 1969 Der Kidnapper (TV Movie)
 1968 Gold für Montevasall (TV Movie)
 1968 Ganze Tage in den Bäumen (TV Movie)
 1966 Ein Haus aus lauter Liebe (TV Short)
 1966 Abschied (TV Movie)
 1966 Große Liebe (TV Movie)
 1964 Das Martyrium des Peter O'Hey (TV Movie)
 1963 Der Klassenaufsatz (TV Movie)
 1961 Traumland der Sehnsucht (Documentary)
 1961 Die Kassette (TV Movie)
 1960 Die Nachbarskinder (TV Short)
 1959 Alt-Heidelberg (TV Movie)
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Alternate Names:

Michael Alexander

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[in 2016, on 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 ... See more »


Member of "Official Competition" jury at the 49th Cannes International Film Festival in 1996. See more »


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

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