Jost Vacano was born on March 15, 1934 in Osnabrück, Germany. He is a cinematographer, known for Das Boot (1981), Starship Troopers (1997) and RoboCop (1987). See full bio »

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Das Boot Cinematographer
Starship Troopers Cinematographer
RoboCop Cinematographer
Total Recall Cinematographer


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 2000 Hollow Man (director of photography)
 1997 Starship Troopers (director of photography)
 1995 Showgirls (director of photography)
 1993 Untamed Heart (director of photography)
 1990 Total Recall
 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Switch (1990)
 1987 RoboCop (director of photography)
 1985-1987 Das Boot (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)
- Part 3 (1987)
- Part 2 (1986)
- Part 1 (1985)
 1986 52 Pick-Up (photography)
 1984 The NeverEnding Story (director of photography)
 1981 Das Boot (director of photography)
 1980 Spetters
 1979 Voor koningin en vaderland (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- De Ontmaskering (1979)
- De Oversteek (1979)
 1977 Die Brüder
 1976 21 Hours at Munich (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1976 Montana Trap
 1975 Am Wege (TV Movie)
 1975 Frau von Bebenburg (TV Movie)
 1974 Der Tod der Schneevögel (TV Movie)
 1974 Supermarkt
 1973 Ein Leben (TV Movie)
 1973 Die Kriminalerzählung (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Geheimakte SF2 (1973)
- Mann vermißt (1973)
- Die rote Queen (1973)
 1973 Entziehung - Ein Tagebuch (TV Movie)
 1973 Plaza Fortuna (TV Movie)
 1972 Mandala (TV Movie)
 1971 Der Pedell (TV Movie)
 1971 Kennen Sie Georg Linke? (TV Movie)
 1971 Deutschstunde (TV Movie)
 1971 Tatort (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1970 Eine große Familie (TV Movie)
 1970 Der Nagel (TV Movie)
 1969 Die Geschichte der 1002. Nacht (TV Movie)
 1969 Alma Mater (TV Movie)
 1969 Rumpelstilz (TV Movie)
 1969 Ramon Yendias Flucht (TV Movie)
 1968 Prüfung eines Lehrers (TV Movie)
 1968 Der Unfall (TV Movie)
 1968 Ostern (TV Movie)
 1968 Mord in Frankfurt (TV Movie)
 1967 König Ödipus (TV Movie)
 1967 Freitag muß es sein (TV Movie)
 1966 Spielplatz (TV Movie)
 1966 Das Kriminalmuseum (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Der Barockengel (1966)
 1966 Ein Tag ohne Morgen (TV Movie)
 1966 Das Leben meines Bruders (TV Movie)
 1965 Der Nebbich (TV Movie)
 1965 Mariana Pineda (TV Movie)
 1964 Dresden 1964 - Im Zwinger (Short)
 1964 Bis ans Ende (TV Movie)
 1964 Die Stühle (TV Movie)
 1964 Der gelbe Pullover (TV Movie)
 1964 Mit zwei Füßen im Grab (TV Movie)
 1963 Vorsätzlich (TV Movie)
 1963 Drei Einakter (TV Movie)
 1962 Freunde wie Wölfe (TV Movie)
 1962 Bodega Bohemia (Short)
 1959 Moskau Ruft! (Documentary short)
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In December 2017, after a 12-year-long legal battle, a Bavarian court granted cinematographer Jost Vacano over $720,000 in deferred compensation and interest for the years 2002 to 2017 and a higher share in the future profits for his contribution to the Oscar-nominated war drama. It had taken him more than a decade, but an appeals court in Munich finally ruled in favor of Oscar-nominated ... See more »

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