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Also Known As: John Seitz, John Seitz Died: February 27, 1979
Born: June 23, 1892 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director of photography, lab technician, cameraman

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Influential cinematographer of both the silent and sound eras. Seitz began his career as a lab technician with the St. Louis Motion Picture Company, joined American Mutual in 1916 and had graduated to cinematographer by 1919. His best work was done at Metro (1920-28), especially for director Rex Ingram, and at Paramount (1941-52), notably in collaboration with Preston Sturges ("Sullivan's Travels" 1941, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" 1944, etc.) and Billy Wilder ("The Lost Weekend" 1945, "Sunset Boulevard" 1950, etc.). Seitz also invented several key photographic techniques, including the matte shot. Brother of director George B. Seitz (1888-1944).

Influential cinematographer of both the silent and sound eras. Seitz began his career as a lab technician with the St. Louis Motion Picture Company, joined American Mutual in 1916 and had graduated to cinematographer by 1919. His best work was done at Metro (1920-28), especially for director Rex Ingram, and at Paramount (1941-52), notably in collaboration with Preston Sturges ("Sullivan's Travels" 1941, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" 1944, etc.) and Billy Wilder ("The Lost Weekend" 1945, "Sunset Boulevard" 1950, etc.). Seitz also invented several key photographic techniques, including the matte shot. Brother of director George B. Seitz (1888-1944).

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Entered film at age 16 as lab technician
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Feature film cameraman
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Invented Matte shot in the 1920s.

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wife:
Mary Boyle Seitz. Scene artist. Married 45 years; died on May 21, 1997.

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brother:
George Seitz. Director, screenwriter, producer, actor.

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