Michael Gershman (director)

Michael Edward Gershman (June 17, 1944 – March 10, 2018) was an American cinematographer and television director.

Michael Gershman
Michael Edward Gershman

(1944-06-17)June 17, 1944
DiedMarch 10, 2018(2018-03-10) (aged 73)
OccupationCinematographer, television director
Years active1969–2003

He was born on June 17, 1944, to Edward Gershman, a TV producer and his wife, Norine. He was raised in St. Louis. Soon after graduation from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Gershman moved to Los Angeles.[1][2]

He is best known for his work on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Gershman made his directorial debut in the series with the episode "Passion". He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2000 for "Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series" for his work on the episode "Hush".[3] He also served as a director and cinematographer for the series Crossing Jordan. Gershman spent more than forty years working as a cinematographer and camera operator in motion pictures. Among the films he worked on are The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, Midnight Run and We Were Soldiers.[4] He died in Malibu, California at the age of 73, on March 10, 2018.[5]


  1. ^ "Michael Gershman Dies: The 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer', 'Crossing Jordan' Cinematographer Was 73". Deadline. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Barnes, Mike (March 18, 2018). "Michael Gershman, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Cinematographer, Dies at 73". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-camera Series for Michael Gerhman (2000), Primetime Emmy® Award Database
  4. ^ Michael Gershman Movies & TV, The New York Times.
  5. ^ Nyren, Erin (March 18, 2018). "Michael Gershman, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Cinematographer, Dies at 73". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2018.

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