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Cinematographer Taffy dies

He worked camera on pics like 'Fail-Safe'

By RACHEL ABRAMS

Albert Taffet, cinematographer and the camera operator behind films including “Fail-Safe,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “The Way We Were,” died Aug. 22 in San Rafael, Calif., of natural causes. He was 92.

Taffet, known in the biz as “Taffy,” led a 14-year career in which he worked with helmers such as Sydney Pollack on “The Way We Were” with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford; Otto Preminger on “Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon,” starring Liza Minnelli; and George Roy Hill’s “The World Of Henry Orient,” starring Peter Sellers.

He worked with some of the stars of yesteryear including Katherine Hepburn and Jason Robards in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”; Walter Matthau and Henry Fonda in “Fail-Safe”; Gene Hackman starrer “I Never Sang for My Father” and Joanne Woodward starrer “Summer Wishes Winter Dreams.”

Taffet won a New York Area Emmy in 1971 for his work on short “Methadone: Escape From Heroin,” which aired on WOR.

Survivors include wife Ruth, daughter Jill and two grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Motion Picture Television Fund Foundation at mptf.org.

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