'Star Wars' cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies at 99

Taylor passed away Friday at his home on the Isle of Wight, reported a website.

Born in Hertfordshire in 1914, Taylor started his career in the late 1920s as a camera assistant at Gainsborough Studios in London and shot daring Royal Air Force raids over Germany during World War II following a request from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

His film credits also include 'Ice Cold in Alex', Alfred Hitchcock's 'Frenzy' and two movies with Roman Polanski, Repulsion and Cul-de-Sac, which earned him back-to-back BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations.

He retired from filmmaking in 1994 to concentrate on his passion for painting. Taylor was even honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the British Society of Cinematographers, an organisation he helped found, in 2001.

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