World-renowned cinematographer Michael Ballhaus dies. Ballhaus was known for his work on Academy Award winning films "Goodfellas" and "The Departed." He also served as the Head of Jury at the 40th Berlinale Film Festival. German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus died overnight on April 12th in his home in Berlin, his publisher confirmed on Wednesday, citing information from his family. He was 81. Ballhauss was born in Berlin on August 5, 1935 and was a highly sought after cinematographer, working with German directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders in the 1970s before making a name for himself in the US in the 1980s. Fassbinder himself was nominated for three Academy Awards for best cinematography in his career. His work on "Broadcast News," "The Fabulous Baker Boys," and "Gangs of New York" earned him the nods. He was cinematographer on two Euro-westerns: Whity (1971), Chetan Indian Boy (1972).