From Gary Baum, ASC:
I first met Tony on day call in 1991. Having just finished Jake and The Fatman with John C. Flinn III ASC, The show was Step By Step. I had never assisted on a multi camera show, and was eager to participate. I worked with John T. Hill Sr. as my operator.
We got along well, and he suggested that I stick around. Tony asked me if I was available for the next week; I said that I was, and it turned into a 15-year collaboration. He moved me up to operator in 1995 after Al Bettcher SOC retired. Tony turned over Will & Grace to me in 2005 upon his retirement.
Tony was my mentor and my friend. In all the years, I never heard Tony raise his voice or have anything but positive things to say. His encouragement, and mentorship are legendary for anyone who he had graced his presence. He taught me patience, and respect for all of the crafts. He was not a man of unnecessary words, but if you listened, there was all you needed to hear.
His humanity, and respect for nature, encompassed his philosophy of life which transcended all. I would not be here doing my job, or being a member of the ASC, if it wasn't for him. I owe him a debt of gratitude for all that he has taught me by example, which is the purist kind.
Tony Askins, ASC, was an Emmy-winning cinematographer, with credits on numerous television shows including Will & Grace, The Colbys, Hotel, The Love Boat, Perfect Strangers, and Step by Step.