Award-winning cinematographer and father of actresses Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel who directed the art-house film Crusoe.
He studied at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he was part of the Dirty Dozen, which included George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis.
He was nominated for five Academy Awards for cinematography, one of which was for his work on The Passion of the Christ.
His daughters Zooey and Emily Deschanel went on to have successful acting careers.
He directed three episodes of David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks.