Camera, Film, & Tape
Academy for Theater and Film Art
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Cinematographer for "The Black Dahlia"
Earned an Emmy nomination for his work on "The Mists of Avalon"
Was the cinematographer for "The Ghost and the Darkness"
Earned an Emmy for his work on the TV-movie "Stalin"
Was the cinematographer for the Jack Nicholson directed "The Two Jakes"
Again worked with Brian De Palma on "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Was the cinematographer on the Brian De Palma thriller "Blow Out"
Again worked with Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate"
Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematographer on Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter"
Won an Oscar for his work as the cinematographer on Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Worked with Brian De Palma on "Obsession"
Again worked as the cinematographer on Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"
First feature with director Robert Altman "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
First feature as director of photography, "The Sadist/Profile of Terror"; credited as William Zsigmond
Was camera operator on "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies"
Immigrated to US along with Laszlo Kovacks; brought footage of the Budapest uprising of October
Worked as stills photographer and cinematographer of educational films, then on commercials
Began directing first feature in late 1990, the Israeli-Hungarian co-production "The Prodigal Father/The Prodigal Son"
Though he won an Oscar for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," he did not enjoy working with Steven Spielberg, and felt that he was a glorified camera operator on their productions together.
Was dismissed by executives at Columbia Pictures over concerns that his photography on "Funny Lady" (1976) was too dark.
Worked as a lab technician and photographer's assistant in America before earning his first stateside credit on "The Sadist" (1963).