“`Michael Ballhaus was an award-winning cinematographer. Part of Hollywood royalty, he was the nephew of the German stage and film actor Carl Balhaus, who co-starred in The Blue Angel and M.
“`Ballhaus was influenced by director Max Ophüls, and he appeared as an extra in Ophüls last film Lola Montes. He came to prominence with his performances in 16 films for Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
“`After settling in the United States, Ballhaus worked on great motion pictures, including The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas and The Departed for Martin Scorsese; Sleepers for Barry Levinson; and Dracula for Francis Ford Coppola. Other films include Postcards from the Edge, Outbreak, The Glass Menagerie, Quiz Show, What About Bob, The Mambo Kings, Air Force One, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Working Girl, and The Legend of Bagger Vance.
“`Ballhaus was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, for Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Gangs of New York. But, he never won. He did earn a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Goodfellas.
“`His son, Florian, is also a cinematographer, who worked on The Devil Wears Prada, and Flightplan.
“`Michael Ballhaus was 81.
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