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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.
Toll's TV credits include the documentary "A China Odyssey-Steven Spielberg's 'Empire of the Sun'" (CBS, 1987), the pilot for the Western series "The Young Riders" (ABC, 1989) and "Good Night, Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston" (CBS, 1990).
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First film as camera operator, "Norma Rae"
First credit as 2nd unit photographer, "Always"
First feature credit as director of photography, "Wind"
Won Oscar for cinematography for "Legends of the Fall"
First onscreen collaboration with wife, makeup artist Lois Burwell, "Braveheart"; picked up second Academy Award
Shot Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line"; received Oscar nomination
Served as director of photography on "Simpatico", Matthew Warchus' directorial debut
Was the cinematographer for Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical "Almost Famous"