Charles James Correll Jr., an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and director, died on June 4 of pancreatic cancer. He was 60.
The California native was the son of Charles J. Correll, who voiced the character of Andy Brown on the “Amos & Andy” radio show. Charles Jr. launched his four-decade filmmaking career as a camera assistant on the 1950s TV crime drama, “Dragnet.”
After honing his skills as a camera operator on shows such as “Columbo” and “Kojak,” Correll became a cinematographer. He won an Emmy Award in 1983 for best cinematography for shooting the mini-series, “The Winds of War.” Correll received a second Emmy nomination two years later for the TV movie “Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story.”
In recent years, Correll developed his directing resume by helming episodes of “Melrose Place,” “MacGyver,” “Stargate SG1,” “Law & Order” and “Without a Trace.” At the time of his death, he was shooting several episodes of “CSI” and “CSI: Miami.”