STARmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,397 this week

Gordon Willis (I) (1931–2014)


Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer. He's best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films, as well asWoody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979). His work on the first two Godfather films turned out to be groundbreaking in its use of low-light photography and underexposed film, as well as in his control of ... See full bio »

IMDb's 2022 TV Guide

Browse our list of the best series coming to TV and streaming in 2022.

See the full list

6 Sundance Award-Winning Movies to Stream Now

As we prepare for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, here are 6 award-winning Sundance films from recent years you can watch now.

Watch the video

Around The Web

 | 

Provided by Taboola

On Prime Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 people
created 01 Jul 2020
 
a list of 22 people
created 08 Dec 2020
 
a list of 47 people
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 48 people
created 10 Dec 2020
 
a list of 25 people
created 17 Apr 2019
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDb page

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Gordon Willis's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Known For

Zelig Cinematographer
(1983)
The Godfather: Part II Cinematographer
(1974)
Manhattan Cinematographer
(1979)
The Godfather Cinematographer
(1972)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Cinematographer (37 credits)
 1997 The Devil's Own (director of photography)
 1993 Malice (director of photography)
 1990 The Godfather: Part III (director of photography)
 1990 Presumed Innocent (director of photography)
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City (director of photography)
 1987 The Pick-up Artist (director of photography)
 1986 The Money Pit (director of photography)
 1985 Perfect (director of photography)
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo (director of photography)
 1984 Broadway Danny Rose (director of photography)
 1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (TV Movie)
 1983 Zelig (director of photography)
 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 (photographed by)
 1979 Manhattan (director of photography)
 1978 Comes a Horseman (director of photography)
 1978 Interiors (director of photography)
 1977 The Godfather Saga (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)
 1974 The Parallax View (director of photography)
 1973 The Paper Chase (director of photography)
 1972 Up the Sandbox (director of photography)
 1972 Bad Company (director of photography)
 1972 The Godfather (director of photography)
 1971 Klute (director of photography)
 1971 Little Murders (director of photography)
 1970 The People Next Door (director of photography)
 1970 The Landlord (director of photography)
 1970 Loving
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (7 credits)
Show Show Self (17 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)
Edit

Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Spouse:

Helen  (his death)  (3 children)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I wouldn't say my style is naturalistic. I would say it's reconstructed reality that embellishes what is already there. See more »

Trivia:

In a spectacular seven-year period from 1971-77, 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 »

Trademark:

Known in the film industry as 'The Prince of Darkness', due to his distinct 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)). See more »

Nickname:

Gordy See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed