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Cinematographer Dennis Hall Dies on Set of USA's New Show

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 21st 2011 5:55PM
Dennis Hall DiesCinematographer Dennis Hall died Thurs., Oct. 20, while shooting the new USA Network series, 'Common Law.' He was 54.

Hall was in New Orleans with the crew filming when he suffered a heart attack in his hotel. His roommate, a camera operator, called the paramedics. They were unable to revive Hall.

"He could walk into a room that was deathly quiet or filled with negative energy and immediately liven everything up," cinematographer John C. Flinn III, who took Hall with him as his assistant on the 1980s TV shows 'Magnum, P.I.' and 'Jake and the Fatman,' told the Hollywood Reporter. "He was a great first assistant, a great cameraman and a great cinematographer. I'm so proud of him."

Hall served as director of photography on 'Burn Notice,' 'Franklin & Bash,' 'The Cleaner,' and was a camera operator in the early 1990s on shows including, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.'

'Common Law' stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as two LA cops in the homicide unit who don't get along, so their captain sends them to couples therapy. In July, USA ordered 11 episodes of the hourlong buddy cop show.

Hall is survived by his wife, Julie, and son Noah.

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October 27 2011 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Erdmann

Which is it? Your headline says in a very sensationalized manner that this gentleman died "on Set." In the next paragraph, is says he was in his hotel room. FAIL.

October 24 2011 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Nissenson

This is a classic example of the misleading, sensationalized, or simply sensationally inaccurate headlines I've been seeing lately. He died in his hotel room -- not "on set" as claimed. But, as you probably knew, we might have been far less likely to read the article had you not taken such liberties with the facts here.

You guys really need to fix this. Credibility is not unlike virginity. Rather difficult to get back, once you lose it.

October 24 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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October 24 2011 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

these writers are almost as stupid and inept as Huffington post.

October 24 2011 at 3:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Crystal could be a nickname for Dumb.

October 23 2011 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why does the headline say he died "on set", yet the article states he "suffered a heart attack in his hotel"?

October 23 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Probably because "set " takes up less space than "location" and is more likely to attract readers. I admit that I pictured a cinematographer and was curious what USA show's set he had died on, but it's nothing I'm going to have a cow over.

October 24 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is impossible to have ANY respect for this entire "news" network. Crystal Bell is an either an unqualified hack happy to get a check, or an unbelievably ashamed professional, embarrassed for what she has to put her name on.
The headline says the poor man "died on set", and the second paragraph plainly states he was in his hotel room. Why report a family's private tragedy to the public AND get the facts so obviously wrong?
I hope his family can get through this OK. My condolences.

October 23 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

rest in peace

October 23 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AOL is picking up where Weekly World News left off....becoming the low-life cyber tabloid. Come on, guys - look up the word "journalism".

October 23 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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