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Also Known As: Joseph F Biroc, Joe Biroc, Joe Birac, Joe Biroc, Joseph F. Biroc Died: September 7, 1996
Born: February 12, 1903 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director of photography

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Biroc worked his way up from studio office boy to become an assistant to cinematographer George Folsey and co-photographed his first feature, "It's a Wonderful Life", in 1946. He often collaborated with Samuel Fuller and Robert Aldrich and did extensive work in TV. Biroc photographed one of the first TV programs to shoot on film, rather than using the kinescope process--1951's "The Honeymoon Is Over"--and won an Emmy for "Brian's Song" (1971). Three years later, he shared an Oscar for Irwin Allen's disaster film "The Towering Inferno" (1974). In 1989, Biroc was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Biroc worked his way up from studio office boy to become an assistant to cinematographer George Folsey and co-photographed his first feature, "It's a Wonderful Life", in 1946. He often collaborated with Samuel Fuller and Robert Aldrich and did extensive work in TV. Biroc photographed one of the first TV programs to shoot on film, rather than using the kinescope process--1951's "The Honeymoon Is Over"--and won an Emmy for "Brian's Song" (1971). Three years later, he shared an Oscar for Irwin Allen's disaster film "The Towering Inferno" (1974). In 1989, Biroc was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

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1918:
Entered industry as an office boy at Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, NJ
1924:
Became assistant cameraman for cinematographer George Folsey at Long Island Studios
1927:
Moved to Hollywood; worked at United Artists
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Served as captain in the US Army Signal Corps during WWII where he was one of the first Americans to photograph the liberation of Paris
1946:
First feature as co-director of photography, "It's A Wonderful Life" with Joseph Walker
1946:
Solo debut as director of photography, "Magic Town"
1951:
Photographed one of the first TV series shot on film, as opposed to kinescope, "The Honeymoon Is Over"
1952:
Photographed first 3-D film, "Bwana Devil"
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Education

Emerson High School: Union City , New Jersey -

Notes

Was nominated for an Oscar for "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"

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sister:
Agnes Cronmeyer. Survived him.

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