Gayne Rescher

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Gayne Rescher
Born Jay Gayne Rescher[1]
(1924-12-19)December 19, 1924
New York, New York, US
Died February 29, 2008(2008-02-29) (aged 83)
Gig Harbor, Washington, US
Occupation Cinematographer
Parent(s) Jay Rescher (father)
Jean Tolley (mother)

(Jay) Gayne Rescher,[1] A.S.C., (December 19, 1924 – February 29, 2008) was an American cinematographer[2] and director of photography.

Early life[edit]

Rescher was born in New York City. His father Jay Rescher was a cinematographer and union organizer, and his mother Jean Tolley was a silent film actress.[3][4] For at least some of his youth, he and his family lived on Long Island.[5] After high school, Gayne, served in World War II as a fighter pilot.[3] He studied to be an actor at the American Theater School.[4]


Rescher won three Emmy Awards:[3][6]

  1. The Scarlett O'Hara War a.k.a. Moviola (1981)
  2. Shooter (1989)
  3. Lucky/Chances (1992)

Among the feature films Rescher was cinematographer for:

Selected TV movies which Rescher was cinematographer/DP for:

Personal life and final years[edit]

Rescher was married three times. His first wife was Ottilie Kruger, daughter of actor Otto Kruger. His second wife was Darlene Keane, who died of lung cancer.[4] His third wife was Gail Ferguson.[3] He had three daughters (Gaye Rescher Ribble, DeeDee Rescher and Deborah Jean Rescher Miller) and two grandchildren.[3]

In his final years Rescher resided at Fox Island, Washington, US.[1] He died at age 83 in nearby Gig Harbor, Washington.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Jay Gayne Rescher (1924–2008)". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Eder, Richard (September 30, 1976). "Movie Review Norman... Is That You? (1976)". The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Makela, Bob (1 March 2008). "Award-winning Cinematographer Gayne Rescher Dies". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Cinematographer Gayne Rescher dies". Variety. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gayne Rescher in the 1940 Census". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Obituaries". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 

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