Cinematographer Michel Hugo, best known as d.p. for skeins “Mission: Impossible,” “Dynasty,” and “Melrose Place,” died Oct. 12 in Las Vegas of lung cancer. He was 79.
Born in France in 1930, Hugo fought with the French Resistance during World War II and served in the French Army in the 1950s. He started his film career in the camera department soon after and during the early 1960s in Gaul. By the late 1960s, Hugo transplanted to Hollywood and in 1967 began work on the skein “Mission: Impossible.”
He served as d.p. on 19 episodes of “The Streets of San Francisco,” and in the 1980s he worked for eight years on “Dynasty” as d.p. and helmed two episodes, which aired in 1986. He returned to shoot “Dynasty: The Reunion” in 1991 and lensed “Melrose Place” in 1992-96.
In 1978, he was nominated for a primetime Emmy award for cinematography in the miniseries “The Awakening Land,” starring William H. Macy, Jane Seymour and Elizabeth Montgomery.
Hugo, also lensed several feature films including 1969’s “The April Fools,” starring Jack Lemmon; and “Number One,” with Charlton Heston; plus 1971’s “Bless the Beasts and the Children.”
Later in his career, in 2001, Hugo joined the U. of Nevada Las Vegas’ department of film as a professor, where he often led field trips to Los Angeles and spent weekends at student film shoots.
He was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; a daughter and two sons; plus two grandchildren.