Hollywood Current Affairs - 2020

Legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler passes away

Legendary American cinematographer Haskell Wexler passed away on 27th December 2015 in California, US. He was 93.

He was best known for his work in films like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “American Graffiti” and was one of the film history’s most influential cinematographers.

About Haskell Wexler

  • Haskell Wexler was born on February 6, 1922 in Chicago, US. He was known for his work on films like Coming Home and In the Heat of the Night.
  • He had worked as director of photography on films including The Best Man and Mulholland Falls. He also produced and directed 1969’s Medium Cool.
  • He was also recognised for his documentary work on the Emmy-winning Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang and Interviews with My Lai Veterans for which he won Academy Award.
  • Awards and Honours: He has won Oscar awards for films Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976). In addition was nominated for Oscars for his contributions to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Matewan and Blaze. He was first cinematographer to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

Actor and Oscar-winning writer Colin Welland passes away

Oscar-winning British writer and actor Colin Welland passed away at the age of 81. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Welland had won an Academy Award (Oscar) for best original screenplay in 1982 for Chariots of Fire.

About Colin Welland

  • He was born on 4 July 1934 in Lancashire, United Kingdom.
  • Prior to his acting career, he had worked as a teacher and taught art at Manchester Road Secondary Modern School in Leigh.
  • As an actor, Welland had appeared in the BBC Television series Z-Cars, Kes (1969), as a schoolteacher (of English).
  • His screenwriting credits include the film Yanks (1979) which has been was directed by John Schlesinger and Twice in a Lifetime (1985).
  • Awards: As an actor, he has won a BAFTA award in 1969 for playing the sympathetic English teacher Mr Farthing in Ken Loach’s Kes.