Michael Gershman (director)

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Michael Gershman
BornMichael Edward Gershman
(1944-06-17)June 17, 1944
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedMarch 10, 2018(2018-03-10) (aged 73)
Malibu, California
OccupationCinematographer, television director
Years active1969–2003

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

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 an 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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