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Gordon Willis (I) (1931–2014)

Gordon Willis was born on May 28, 1931 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather: Part III (1990). He was married to Helen. He died on May 18, 2014 in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 1997 The Devil's Own (director of photography)
 1993 Malice (director of photography)
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City (director of photography)
 1986 The Money Pit
 1985 Perfect
 1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (TV Movie)
 1983 Zelig
 1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (director of photography)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (director of photography)
 1980 Stardust Memories (director of photography)
 1980 Windows
 1979 Manhattan (director of photography)
 1978 Interiors (director of photography)
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1977)
- Episode #1.3 (1977)
- Episode #1.2 (1977)
- Episode #1.1 (1977)
 1977 September 30, 1955 (director of photography)
 1977 Annie Hall (director of photography)
 1976 All the President's Men (director of photography)
 1975 The Drowning Pool (director of photography)
 1974 The Godfather: Part II (director of photography)
 1972 Bad Company
 1972 The Godfather (director of photography)
 1971 Klute (director of photography)
 1970 The People Next Door (director of photography)
 1970 The Landlord
 1970 Loving
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[commenting on digital filming] The organics aren't the same. The interpretive levels suffer. Digital is another form of recording an image, but it won't replace thinking. See more »


In a spectacular seven-year period from 1971 to 1977, seven of the films he worked on as director of photography accumulated 39 Oscar nominations with 19 wins. Among these wins were three Best Picture winners (The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Annie Hall (1977)) and six for acting (Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando, John Houseman, Robert De Niro, Jason Robards and Diane Keaton). ... See more »


Known in the industry as "The Prince of Darkness", due to his lighting technique of using shadows and often not allowing a character's eyes to be seen clearly (The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Parallax View (1974)).


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