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Bruce Mohr Powell Surtees (July 23, 1937 – February 23, 2012) was an American cinematographer,[1] the son of Maydell and cinematographer Robert L. Surtees.[2] He is best known for his extensive work on Clint Eastwood's films, mostly westerns of the 1970s and early 1980s. His cinematography was compared to that of the Dollars trilogy of Sergio Leone.

Bruce Surtees
Born Bruce Mohr Powell Surtees
(1937-07-23)July 23, 1937
Los Angeles, California, USA
Died February 23, 2012(2012-02-23) (aged 74)
Carmel, California, USA
Education Art Center College of Design
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1971–2012

He began as a camera operator working on director Don Siegel's films with Eastwood during the late 1960s, his credits including Coogan's Bluff and Two Mules for Sister Sara. He became a main cinematographer in 1971 with The Beguiled, Play Misty for Me, and Dirty Harry in which he worked as director of photography.

Surtees was nominated for an Academy Award for his cinematography on Lenny (1974). He died in 2012 of complications from diabetes.[3][4]



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  1. ^ "BRUCE SURTEES". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
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  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (February 28, 2012). "Bruce Surtees, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, Dies at 74". New York Times.
  4. ^ D.P. Bruce Surtees dies at 74

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