Celebrity Birthday of the Day – June 27

For today’s Celebrity Birthday of the Day, we’re looking behind the camera at a terrific cinematographer and director: Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski moved to the United States when he was 21, and in 1987 he attended the AFI Conservatory, meeting many other notable cinematographers during his time there (such as Wally Pfister and Mauro Fiore). Upon graduating from the AFI Conservatory, Kaminski began his professional career as as a cinematographer, with early credits including The Rain Killer, Cool as Ice (yes, the one starring Vanilla Ice), and The Adventures of Huck Finn. In 1993, Kaminski worked with Steven Spielberg on Schindler’s List, and since then Spielberg has commissioned Kaminski for every movie he has made, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and War Horse. Outside of his work with Spielberg, Kaminski has been the cinematographer on films such as Little Giants, Jerry Maguire, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Funny People. He has also directed the film Lost Souls and has another film titled American Dream in post production at the time of this writing. Janusz Kaminski turns 53 today.

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