Eastwood’s longtime cinematographer Surtees dies

The Oscar-nominated cinematographer passed away last Thursday (23Feb12), according to Variety. No more details about his death were known as WENN went to press.

Surtees was the son of legendary Hollywood cinematographer Robert L. Surtees, who won Oscars for King Solomon’s Mines, The Bad and the Beautiful, and the epic Ben Hur, and he is best known for his extensive work with Eastwood.

He made 14 films with the veteran actor/director, including 1971’s Dirty Harry, and Eastwood chose Surtees as his director of photography when he made his directorial debut on Play Misty for Me in 1971.

Surtees won an Oscar nomination in 1975 for his work on Bob Fosse’s Lenny Bruce biopic Lenny and his other film credits include Risky Business and Beverly Hills Cop.