Cinematographer Irv Goodnoff dies

Lenser shot more than 50 films and TV shows

Cinematographer Irv Goodnoff, who shot more than 50 films and TV shows, died of a heart attack May 3 at his home in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He was 60.

Among his credits are Danny DeVito’s directing debut in 1976 for the HBO/Cinemax anthology series “Likely Stories,” the NBC pilot “The Witches of Eastwick,”; cult horror films “Evil Speak” and “The Resuurected”; Vietnam War saga “Iron Triangle” with Beau Bridges and Lifetime movie “Touched” with Jenna Elfman. He also won MTV awards for his cinematography of Weird Al Yankovic’s “Eat It” video and Huey Lewis and the News’ “Heart of Rock ‘n Roll.”

A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts and a fellow at the American Film Institute’s Conservatory, both in cinematography and directing, Goodnoff lensed short films for Joanne Woodward, Marsha Mason and Cicely Tyson under the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

He had been teaching at the Palm Beach Film School and Miami Film School at the time of his death as well as continuing to shoot indie films, and was also active with the Palm Beach Film Festival.

Goodnoff is survived by a sister and a brother.

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