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Also Known As: Died: January 5, 1985
Born: August 9, 1906 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Covington, Kentucky, USA Profession: Cinematography ...
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Entered film industry as assistant cameraman to Gregg Toland and Joseph Ruttenberg at Universal Pictures
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Worked for Universal in Berlin
1942:
First film as director of photography, "Strange Holiday/The Day After Tomorrow" (US release 1946)
1944:
Received first of 16 career Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography for his black-and-white work on "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo"
1950:
Earned first Academy Award for his superb Technicolor lensing of Africa for "King Solomon's Mines"
1952:
Picked up second Oscar (black and white) for Vincente Minnelli's "The Bad and the Beautiful"
1953:
Returned to Africa for filming of John Ford's "Mogambo"; also teamed for first time with director John Sturges on "Escape from Fort Bravo"
1955:
Used the new Todd-AO widescreen color process filming the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!", directed by Fred Zinnemann; earned Oscar nomination
1959:
Earned third and final Academy Award for "Ben-Hur" (color); first of three collaborations with director William Wyler
1962:
Demonstrated virtuoso lighting of seascapes, particularly at dusk, for Lewis Milestone's "Mutiny on the Bounty" (shot in Technicolor and Panavision 70)
1965:
Third and fourth films with Sturges, "The Hallelujah Trail" and "The Satan Bug"; also reteamed with Wyler for "The Collector"
1967:
Received Oscar nominations for both "Doctor Dolittle" and "The Graduate"
1970:
Last film with Wyler, "The Liberation of L.B. Jones"
1971:
Returned triumphantly to black and white filming with Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show", receiving Oscar nomination; also nominated that year for his dazzling, diffused Technicolor lensing of Robert Mulligan's "Summer of '42", which may have been overkill for the simple one-note coming-of-age story (certainly the lush look of the film is what people remember best)
1972:
Second film with Mulligan, "The Other"
1973:
Captured the period of George Roy Hill's "The Sting" with brownish tones
1975:
Reteamed with Hill (and actor Robert Redford) for "The Great Waldo Pepper"
1978:
16th and final Oscar nomination for the cinematography of Mulligan's "Same Time, Next Year" (Surtees' last film); also shot Mulligan's "Bloodbrothers", released earlier that year

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