Eagle Egilsson

Egill Örn Egilsson ASC [ˈeiːjɪtl œrtn ˈeiːjɪlson] (born 31 August 1966), known as Eagle Egilsson[1] (/ˈɡəl ˈ.əlsən/ EE-gəl AY-əl-sən), is an Icelandic television director and cinematographer.

Eagle Egilsson
Egill Örn Egilsson

(1966-08-31) 31 August 1966
OccupationTelevision director, cinematographer
Years active1993–present

Life and career

Egill was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, and studied filmmaking at Columbia College Hollywood, a Los Angeles film school. As a cinematographer, he is perhaps best known for his work on The Wire, CSI: Miami (where he was also a co-producer), Dark Blue and numerous television commercials and music videos. In 2008, he directed the Heroes spin-off miniseries Heroes: Destiny.

Since 2011, Egill has mostly worked as a director. He directed numerous episodes of The CW action series Nikita, including the series finale, as well as episodes of Fringe, Alcatraz and Dark Blue. Egill was also a frequent director on seasons 4-6 of CSI: Miami, "Gotham" and has directed several episodes of the original CSI series, among others.

Awards and honors

Egill is a four-time nominee for the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards, and carried home the award in the television category in 2010 for the Dark Blue episode "Venice Kings", which he also directed.[2] Later that year, he became the first Icelander to be admitted into the ASC, at the age of 44.


  1. In the United States, Egill is known by the first name Eagle, which is a direct translation of his Icelandic middle name, Örn, referring to the bird. Despite the apparent similarities, the name Eagle is not related to Egill.
  2. "Berger, Kivilo and Egilsson Earn Top Cinematography Accolades". ASC. 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
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