1-23 Happy birthday to the late Charles Correll, Born: January 23, 1944 and passed away on June 4, 2004.
Charles Correll was the director of photography for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. In addition to this, he made a brief appearance in the movie – as a worker in the Earth Spacedock who watches the USS Enterprise being stolen – after asking director Leonard Nimoy for a cameo.
Correll was a cinematographer for roughly fourteen years, earning an Emmy Award for his work on the 1983 mini-series The Winds of War. He then became a television director, directing episodes of such series as MacGyver, Melrose Place, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Correll was the Director of Photography on the hit 1978 comedy film, National Lampoon’s Animal House. Correll worked on two subsequent National Lampoon films, National Lampoon’s Movie Madness (1982) and The Joy of Sex (1984). Other films for which Correll has directed photography include Fast Break (1979), Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams (1981), and Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.
He was the Director of Photography on several television projects, as well. One of his earliest was the 1975 Columbo episode “Forgotten Lady”. Some of his other episodic TV credits include Kojak and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. He and Star Trek: The Motion Picture additional photographer Jim Dickson were both Directors of Photography on the 1978 mini-series The Dark Secret of Harvest Home. Correll and Leo Penn previously collaborated on the television series Kojak and Switch. They worked together one last time on the 1981 TV movie Hellinger’s Law.
Correll collaborated with director Lou Antonio on four different made-for-TV movies: 1978’s The Critical List and A Real American Hero, 1981’s The Star Maker, and 1990’s Face to Face. The latter was Correll’s final project as a cinematographer.
In 1983, Correll won an Emmy Award for his cinematography on the mini-series The Winds of War. He later received an Emmy nomination for his work on the 1985 TV movie Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story. Correll’s other TV movie credits have included Freedom Road, The Greatest American Traffic Jam, Missing Pieces, The Jesse Owens Story, and Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge.
In the late 1980s, Correll decided to retire as a cinematographer and begin working as a director. Among the many television series for which he has directed are MacGyver, Law & Order, Stargate SG-1, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (the episode where they find the “alien” buried at Area 51), CSI: Miami, and Without a Trace.
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