Wally Pfister
Wally Pfister

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Name: Wally Pfister
Occupation: Cinematographer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 8, 1961
Age: 59
Birth Place: Chicago, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Wally Pfister

Wally Pfister was born on July 8, 1961 in Chicago, United States (59 years old). Wally Pfister is a Cinematographer, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Wally Pfisternet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Well known for his collaborations with director Christopher Nolan, he is a director of photography who won the 2010 Oscar for Inception. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematographer for Nolan's films Batman Begins, The Prestige and The Dark Knight.


He made his directorial debut with a sci-fi film called Transcendence which starred Johnny Depp.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$4 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He first became interested in the film industry at the age of 11 when a film company shot scenes of the 1973 picture Shamus in the New York neighborhood in which he lived.

Biography Timeline


Within a few months, Pfister found a job as a cameraman for a Washington news service, which provided film for TV stations around the country. He covered the United States Congress, the White House and breaking news from 1982 through 1985. In 1985 Pfister began a freelance career shooting documentaries for the PBS series "Frontline" and industrial videos for various Washington production companies.


In 1988, Robert Altman came to Washington to direct a mini-series for HBO called Tanner '88 (1988). Altman was looking for a real news cameraman to play that role in his show. They hired Pfister and asked him to also shoot some B-roll. When the producers saw his work, they brought Pfister on the show as the second unit cameraman. It was the first time he was exposed to acting and dramatic material.


After that experience, Pfister enrolled at the American Film Institute. During his second year, he collaborated with his classmates on a short film called "Senzeni Na?", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1991. The film told the story of a man caught up in the apartheid struggle. Pfister drew on his documentary experience, and lit it darkly and stark, using a single light so the actor could play in and out of that source.

Pfister shot The Unborn, his first feature, in 1991. After that, he filmed an array of independent B-movies, typically on 15-day schedules. Many of these early films were directed by Gregory Dark.


In 1995, Papamichael asked Pfister to operate for him on Diane Keaton's Unstrung Heroes (1995).


In 1998, Pfister shot The Hi-Line in Montana in the dead of winter on a $300,000 budget. It got into the competition at Sundance Film Festival. There, he met Nolan, who had a film at Slamdance. Pfister's first collaboration with Nolan was on the neo-noir thriller Memento (2000). The success of this collaboration resulted in Pfister taking over as director of photography for Nolan's subsequent films: Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), which he partially shot with IMAX cameras, and Inception, which was shot partially in 5-perf 65 mm. He is the only cinematographer that has worked with director Christopher Nolan between Memento and The Dark Knight Rises, and has served as cinematographer for all of Nolan's films except for Following (1998), for which Nolan acted as cinematographer himself, Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017), and Tenet (2020), in those of which he was replaced by Hoyte van Hoytema, after Pfister got the chance to direct his first film, Transcendence. Pfister has stated that he "turned down many projects (including several Harry Potter films), in some cases just to be available for Nolan, or to stay home with my family."


Pfister has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography four times, each time for a film directed by Nolan. He won an Academy Award for his work on Inception at the 83rd Academy Awards. He also has been nominated three times for the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases, for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception, winning for the latter, in 2011.


Pfister made his directorial debut with the science fiction thriller Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, which was released by Warner Bros. on April 18, 2014. The cast also featured Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall, and Paul Bettany.

Family Life

Wally was raised in the New York suburb of Irvington-on-Hudson by parents Patricia Ann and Walter J. Pfister, Jr.

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Currently, Wally Pfister is 60 years, 10 months and 21 days old. Wally Pfister will celebrate 61st birthday on a Friday 8th of July 2022. Below we countdown to Wally Pfister upcoming birthday.


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