E.T. Cinematographer Allen Daviau Dies at Age 77 of COVID-19


E.T. Cinematographer Allen Daviau Dies at Age 77 of COVID-19

E.T. Cinematographer Allen Daviau Dies at Age 77 of COVID-19

ComingSoon.net is heartbroken to bring you the news (via The Playlist) that five-time Oscar nominee Allen Daviau, frequent collaborator of Steven Spielberg including on the iconic E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, has died at the age of 77 due to complications from COVID-19.

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Daviau worked as a cinematographer on 47 different projects, one of his first being the Spielberg 1968 romantic short Amblin’, which began his working relationship with the three-time Oscar winner that would later include E.T. (his first Oscar nomination), Twilight Zone: The MovieThe Color Purple (his second nod), Empire of the Sun (his third nomination), and an episode of the original run of Amazing Stories.

In addition to his work with Spielberg, Daviau was known for lending his eye to John Schlesinger’s The Falcon and the Snowman, the cult classic family comedy Harry and the Hendersons, Barry Levinson’s Avalon and Bugsy, which earned him his fourth and fifth Oscar nominations, Peter Weir’s Fearless, Frank Marshall’s adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel Congo, the Johnny Depp-starrer The Astronaut’s Wife and Stephen Sommers’ Van Helsing. Some of his work off the big screen included music videos helmed by Michael Bay, including Faith HIll’s “There You’ll Be” and Meat Loaf’s “Object in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are,” as well as the David Fincher-directed music video for A Perfect Circle’s “Judith.”

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Many fans and collaborators have taken to Twitter to express their grief over Daviau’s death, some of which include:

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