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.
Cinematography (Feature Film)
Misc. Crew (Feature Film)
Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)
Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)
First film as cinematographer, "The Beguiled," directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood
Was director of photography for Eastwood directed "Play Misty for Me" and Siegel directed "Dirty Harry"; both films starred Eastwood
Received Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography for his work in "Lenny," directed by Bob Fosse and starring Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce
Lensed Siegel's "The Shootist," starring John Wayne
Shot the crime drama "Escape from Alcatraz" with Eastwood
Was the cinematographer for Samuel Fuller's controversial film "White Dog"
Lensed the Eddie Murphy comedy vehicle "Beverly Hills Cop"
TV movie debut, "The Birds II: Land's End" (Showtime)
Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in "Dash and Lilly" (A&E)
Final film credit, the drama "Joshua"