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Also Known As: Douglas G Shearer Died: January 5, 1971
Born: November 17, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Westmount, Quebec, CA Profession: sound technician, studio director of technical research, studio department head

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Assistant in MGM's camera department who headed the studio's sound department with the advent of talkies in the late 1920s. Shearer emerged as one of the great pioneers in his field, introducing a host of innovations during his 40 year career with MGM, including means of reducing soundtrack noise, perfecting recording techniques, and development of MGM's Camera 65 wide-screen system. He gained recognition for his work on such films as "The Big House" (1930), "San Francisco" (1936), "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), and "The Great Caruso" (1951). He was MGM's director of research from 1955 until his retirement in 1968.

Assistant in MGM's camera department who headed the studio's sound department with the advent of talkies in the late 1920s. Shearer emerged as one of the great pioneers in his field, introducing a host of innovations during his 40 year career with MGM, including means of reducing soundtrack noise, perfecting recording techniques, and development of MGM's Camera 65 wide-screen system. He gained recognition for his work on such films as "The Big House" (1930), "San Francisco" (1936), "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), and "The Great Caruso" (1951). He was MGM's director of research from 1955 until his retirement in 1968.

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Became head of MGM's sound department in late 1920s
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Served as director of technical research with MGM

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grandfather:
James Shearer. Carpenter, later a successful timber merchant. Grew up in northern highlands of Scotland; moved to Canada in 1843.
father:
Andrew Shearer. Born c. 1864; died in 1944; assumed father's business, which later failed; divorced from Shearer's mother; later remarried c. 1931; second wife's name was Elizabeth.
mother:
Edith Shearer. Born in 1873 in Islington, Ontario, Canada; left husband after his business failed and he was unable to provide for them.
sister:
Norma Shearer. Actor. Popular star of the 1920s and 30s; Oscar winner for "The Divorcee" (1930); married to producer Irving Thalberg from 1927 until his death in 1936.
sister:
Athole Shearer. At one time married to film director Howard Hawks; later institutionalized with mental health problems.
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