John Toll

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John Toll
Born (1952-06-15) 15 June 1952 (age 66)
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1978–
Spouse(s) Lois Burwell (November 14, 1998-present)

John Toll, A.S.C. is a Cleveland-born American cinematographer.

In 1978 he worked on his first film, Norma Rae, as camera operator. He won back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Cinematography in 1994 and 1995, for the movies Legends of the Fall and Braveheart. He is also only 1 of 4 cinematographers to win back to back Oscars.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Thin Red Line and won an Honorable Mention at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the pilot of Breaking Bad.

He was the cinematographer in 1987 for a Ben-Gay baseball-themed national television commercial shot in Anaheim Stadium in southern California, written and co-directed by Peter Hoffman, a creative director at the New York advertising agency Ally & Gargano. It was the first commercial to use a baseball team's human mascot – in this case a giant "bird" – as a star in a commercial.

He has been a regular collaborator for acclaimed filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Edward Zwick, Cameron Crowe and The Wachowskis. He is married to Lois Burwell who also worked on Braveheart as the make-up artist (for which she won an Oscar, too). [2]

Filmography (as cinematographer)


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