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Miroslav Ondříček

Miroslav Ondříček

Czech cameraman
Miroslav Ondříček
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Czech cameraman
Was Cinematographer
From Czech Republic
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 4 November 1934, Prague, Duchy of Bohemia
Death 28 March 2015, Prague, Duchy of Bohemia (aged 80 years)
Children: David Ondříček
The details


Miroslav Ondříček (4 November 1934 – 28 March 2015) was a Czech cinematographer who worked on over 40 films, including Amadeus, Ragtime and if.....

Life and career

Miroslav Ondříček was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Prague, Czech Republic). He studied filmmaking at the Barrandov Studio Training School and began making movies during the Czech New Wave. His first feature film work was on Miloš Forman's Talent Competition. He continued his long working relationship with Forman in the US on such films as Hair, Ragtime and Amadeus.


He is the father of the film director David Ondříček, and was a member of the board of the Film School in Pisek.


Ondříček died in Prague at the age of 80.

Selected filmography

  • Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
  • The Preacher's Wife (1996) – director of photography
  • Let It Be Me (1995)
  • A League of Their Own (1992) – director of photography
  • Awakenings (1990)
  • Valmont (1989)
  • Funny Farm (1988)
  • Big Shots (1987)
  • F/X (1986)
  • Heaven Help Us (1985)
  • Amadeus (1984)
  • Silkwood (1983)
  • The World According to Garp (1982)
  • Ragtime (1980)
  • Dark Sun (1980)
  • Hair (1979)
  • The Divine Emma (1979)
  • O Lucky Man! (1973)
  • If.... (1968)
  • The Fireman's Ball (1967)
  • Loves of a Blonde (1965)


Academy Awards (Oscars)

  • Nominated – 1984 Best Achievement in Cinematography for Amadeus
  • Nominated – 1981 Best Achievement in Cinematography for Ragtime

BAFTA Film Awards

  • Won – 1984 Best Cinematography for Amadeus
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