John Toll

Director of photography, Camera operator
Like many cinematographers, John Toll began his career as a camera operator. He worked with many noted filmmakers, including Martin Ritt on "Norma Rae" (1978), James Bridges on "Urban Cowboy" (1980), Karel Reisz on ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (50)

Jupiter Ascending 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Iron Man 3 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cloud Atlas 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Adjustment Bureau 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

(Camera)

Breaking Bad 2008 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Shine a Light 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gone Baby Gone 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rise: Blood Hunter 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Seraphim Falls 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jack 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Young Riders 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Wind 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Photography

The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Sweet Dreams 1985 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Beach Boys: An American Band 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

(("Kick the Can" "It's a Good Life" "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet")) (Camera Operator)

Bustin' Loose 1981 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip 1981 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Belle Starr 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Urban Cowboy 1980 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Hoax 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

An American Band: The Beach Boys (TV Show)

Photography

Good Night, Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Hiroshima Maiden (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Unbound Captives (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Actor (2)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Like many cinematographers, John Toll began his career as a camera operator. He worked with many noted filmmakers, including Martin Ritt on "Norma Rae" (1978), James Bridges on "Urban Cowboy" (1980), Karel Reisz on "Sweet Dreams" (1985), Francis Ford Coppola on "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) and Robert Redford on "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988). He moved up to second unit photography on Steven Spielberg's "Always" (1989) and landed his first job as director of photography for Carroll Ballard's uneven "Wind" (1992). Toll won praise and an Oscar for his sweeping, panoramic, yet intimate work on "Legends of the Fall" (1994). The following year, he lensed the equally epic "Braveheart" (1995) which earned him a second Oscar.

Relationships

Lois Burwell

Wife
married in November 1998

Milestones

2000

Was the cinematographer for Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical "Almost Famous"

1999

Served as director of photography on "Simpatico", Matthew Warchus' directorial debut

1998

Shot Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line"; received Oscar nomination

1995

First onscreen collaboration with wife, makeup artist Lois Burwell, "Braveheart"; picked up second Academy Award

1994

Won Oscar for cinematography for "Legends of the Fall"

1992

First feature credit as director of photography, "Wind"

1989

First credit as 2nd unit photographer, "Always"

1978

First film as camera operator, "Norma Rae"

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio

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