Bruce Surtees

Director of photography
Born into the business, cinematographer Bruce Surtees made a name of his own by shooting a variety of modern classics, including "Dirty Harry" and "Beverly Hills Cop", an impressive feat considering the long shadow cast ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (57)

Joshua 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Lady in Question 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Just A Little Harmless Sex 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Murder in a Small Town 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Substitute 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Birds II: Land's End 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

That Night 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Crush 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chains of Gold 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Run 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Super 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

License to Drive 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Out of Bounds 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Psycho III 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ratboy 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pale Rider 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tightrope 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bad Boys 1983 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Risky Business 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sudden Impact 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Firefox 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Honkytonk Man 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Inchon 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dreamer 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

("Baxter's Beauties of 1933") (Director of Photography)

Sparkle 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Three Warriors 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Leadbelly 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Night Moves 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lenny 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

High Plains Drifter 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Outfit 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Joe Kidd 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dirty Harry 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Play Misty for Me 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Beguiled 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

And Never Let Her Go (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Dash and Lilly (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Lethal Vows (TV Show)

Director of Photography

That Championship Season (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Lady in Question (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Thin Air: A Spenser Mystery (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Biography

Born into the business, cinematographer Bruce Surtees made a name of his own by shooting a variety of modern classics, including "Dirty Harry" and "Beverly Hills Cop", an impressive feat considering the long shadow cast by his father, Robert, the man behind the lens of such pictures as "The Graduate" and "The Sting". Bruce Surtees got his start on Clint Eastwood pictures directed by Don Siegel, such as "Coogan's Bluff", serving as camera operator before stepping up to the role of director of photography with "The Beguiled" in 1971. Siegel appreciated Surtees's innovative, fearless approach to filmmaking and worked with him again on several pictures, including "Dirty Harry", "The Outfit", and "Escape from Alcatraz". Clint Eastwood called on Surtees repeatedly as well, for such visually stunning films as "High Plains Drifter" and "Pale Rider". Recognized for his low-key, moody lighting, Surtees earned the nickname "Prince of Darkness," and his style earned him an Oscar nomination for "Lenny", the 1974 biopic featuring Dustin Hoffman as iconoclastic comedian Lenny Bruce. After creating gritty fare with renowned directors of the '70s such as Arthur Penn, Gordon Parks, and Bob Fosse, Surtees moved smoothly into the '80s with action comedies "Risky Business" and "Beverly Hills Cop". He earned critical acclaim yet again a decade later, with an Emmy nomination for 1999's "Dash and Lilly", a TV movie about the affair between literary greats Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman.

Relationships

Carol Buby

Wife
Married in 1979 until his death Feb. 23, 2012

Nancy Corby

Sister
Born in December 1932

Linda Lowers

Sister
Born Sept. 7, 1942

Judy Rucker

Wife
Married Divorced

Maydell Surtees

Mother

Robert Surtees Director of Photography

Father
Born Aug. 9, 1906 Died Jan. 5, 1985

Thomas Surtees

Brother
Born July 22, 1951

Suzanne Surtees

Daughter

EDUCATION

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena , California

Milestones

2002

Final film credit, the drama "Joshua"

1999

Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in "Dash and Lilly" (A&E)

1994

TV movie debut, "The Birds II: Land's End" (Showtime)

1984

Lensed the Eddie Murphy comedy vehicle "Beverly Hills Cop"

1982

Was the cinematographer for Samuel Fuller’s controversial film "White Dog"

1979

Shot the crime drama "Escape from Alcatraz" with Eastwood

1976

Lensed Siegel's "The Shootist," starring John Wayne

1974

Received Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography for his work in "Lenny," directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce

1970

First film as cinematographer, "The Beguiled," directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood

1970

Was director of photography for Eastwood directed "Play Misty for Me" and Siegel directed "Dirty Harry"; both films starred Eastwood

Joined Disney as a technician mixing animation with live action

First worked as camera operator on films shot by his father Robert L. Surtees

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