Michael Gershman, best known for his extensive work as a cinematographer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has died at age 73.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gershman's brother confirmed that he was found dead in his Malibu home on March 10. The cause of death is unknown.
Gershman was born June 17, 1944, and grew up in St. Louis before moving to Hollywood at age 19. He began working for his uncle manufacturing cameras before moving into production working with acclaimed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond as a camera assistant on films such as The Deer Hunter (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980), and The River (1984). He also worked on films such as Midnight Run (1988), Troop Beverly Hills (1989), and Die Hard 2 (1990) in roles as an assistant cameraman or camera operator before ultimately transitioning to cinematography and began working in television.
Gershman was the cinematographer on 82 episodes of Joss Whedon-helmed Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first several seasons of the show from 1997-2001. In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series for his work on the show. In addition to working as a cinematographer on Buffy, Gershman also directed 10 episodes between 1998-2003. He then went on to work as a cinematographer and director on crime drama Crossing Jordan from 2001-05 before retiring.
He is survived by his wife, daughters, brother, and mother.