Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies at 93
Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Haskell Wexler has died at age 93.
The icon, who lensed famed films such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bound for Glory and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, passed away in his sleep at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, his son Jeff Wexler announced on his website.
“It is with great sadness that I have to report that my father, Haskell Wexler, has died,” Jeff wrote. “Pop died peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, December 27th, 2015. Accepting the Academy Award in 1967, Pop said: ‘I hope we can use our art for peace and for love.’ An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fight the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will carry on.”
The five-time Academy Award nominee won his first Oscar for the 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Ten years later, Wexler earned his second statuette for Bound for Glory, the Hal Ashby-directed biopic of folk singer Woody Guthrie.
His other Oscar nominations came for the 1975 best picture winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1987’s Matewan and 1989’s Blaze.
In addition to successful films, Wexler also directed a 2007 episode of the HBO drama Big Love and Billy Crystal’s 61*.
Wexler is survived by wife Rita Taggart, whom he married in 1989, and children Jeff, Kathy and Mark.