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Vilis Lapenieks (1931–1987)

Vilis Lapenieks was born on November 10, 1931 in Riga, Latvia. He is known for his work on Kojak (1973), The Creature Wasn't Nice (1981) and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965). He died on July 3, 1987 in North Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »

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Kojak Cinematographer
The Creature Wasn't Nice Cinematographer
Queen of Blood Cinematographer


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 1983 Ripley's Believe It or Not! (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Episode #2.1 (1983)
 1981 The Creature Wasn't Nice (as Denny Lavil)
 1977 The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (TV Movie)
 1977 Night Drive (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series) (director of photography - 2 episodes)
- Chapter II (1976) ... (director of photography)
- Chapter I (1976) ... (director of photography)
 1975 Capone (director of photography)
 1974 Kojak (TV Series) (director of photography - 9 episodes)
- Loser Takes All (1974) ... (director of photography)
- The Best War in Town (1974) ... (director of photography)
- You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Slay Ride (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Wall Street Gunslinger (1974) ... (director of photography)
 1974 Newman's Law
 1974 Two (director of photography)
 1974 Young Love (TV Movie)
  Toma (TV Series) (1 episode, 1973) (director of photography - 4 episodes, 1973 - 1974)
- The Big Dealers (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Rock-A-Bye (1974) ... (director of photography)
- 50% of Normal (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Pilot (1973) ... (director of photography)
 1973 Sixteen
 1972 That Certain Summer (TV Movie)
 1972 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
 1972 Here Comes Tomorrow: The Fear Fighters (TV Movie documentary)
 1972 The Story of Eric (Documentary short)
 1972 Rainbow Bridge (Documentary)
 1972 Future Shock (Documentary short)
 1972 Cisco Pike (director of photography)
 1971 The Hellstrom Chronicle (Documentary) (Hellstrom sequences)
 1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Young Love (1971) ... (director of photography)
 1970 The Young Country (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1969 Making of the President 1968 (TV Movie documentary)
 1969 Hot Rod Action (Documentary) (director of photography)
 1969 The Bold Ones: The Protectors (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Deadlock (1969) ... (director of photography)
 1968 The Beat of the Brass (TV Special)
 1967 The Big Land (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 Movin' with Nancy (TV Special)
 1966-1967 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- Winged World (1967)
 1967 A Nation of Immigrants (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 Do Blonds Have More Fun? (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 Destination Safety (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 The Really Big Family (Documentary)
 1966 The Making of a President: 1964 (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 The World of Animals: It's a Dog's World (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 The Thin Blue Line (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 Wall Street: Where the Money Is (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 Deathwatch
 1966 Queen of Blood (director of photography)
 1966 An Evening with Carol Channing (TV Special)
 1965 In Search of Man (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Pro Football: Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 The Teenage Revolution (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (director of photography)
 1965 The Bold Men (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 The Way Out Men (TV Movie documentary)
 1964 Four Days in November (Documentary)
 1964 Shell Shock
 1962 Fallguy
 1962 Story Of... (TV Series documentary) (4 episodes)
 1962 Eegah (director of photography - as Vilis Lapeneicks)
 1961 V.D. (director of photography)
 1961 Walk the Angry Beach (director of photography)
 1961 Night Tide
 1960 The Little Shop of Horrors (uncredited)
 1959 Revenge of the Virgins (photography by)
 1958 The Hideous Sun Demon (photography)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (4 credits)
Show Show Actor (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Alternate Names:

Vilis Lapeneicks | Denny Lavil

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