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Alan Root

Alan Root was born on May 12, 1937 in London, England. He is a cinematographer and producer, known for Mysterious Castles of Clay (1978), Heart of Africa (1996) and The Year of the Wildebeest (1975). He was previously married to Joan Root. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Mysterious Castles of Clay
Mysterious Castles of Clay Cinematographer
Heart of Africa
Heart of Africa Cinematographer
The Year of the Wildebeest
The Year of the Wildebeest Cinematographer
Serengeti Cinematographer


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 2001 Built for the Kill (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1996 Heart of Africa (TV Mini-Series)
 1984 The Living Planet (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- The Sky Above (1984)
 1980 Kobjes: A Rock for All Seasons (Documentary)
 1978 Mysterious Castles of Clay (Documentary)
 1975 The Year of the Wildebeest (Documentary)
 1975 Balloon Safari (Documentary)
 1972-1974 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- The Big Cats (1974)
- Man of Serengeti (1972)
 1972 Mzima: Portrait of a Spring (Documentary)
 1967 Survival (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Kill by Kindness (1967)
 1967 Geheimnis Leben (Documentary)
 1959 Serengeti (Documentary)
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Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (4 credits)

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His ex-wife Joan Root was fatally shot in January 2006 by assailants who broke into her lake front farmhouse outside Nairobi. Authorities suspect the conservationist was attacked because she tried to prevent illegal fishing on the lake. A former employee and a poacher are being held in the killing police said. See more »

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