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Born: June 3, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Walthamstow, England, GB Profession: director of photography

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Cinematographer who established himself in the 1960s with his work on two Ken Russell films, "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967) and "Women in Love" (1969). Outstanding credits include his understated photography on John Schlesinger's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1971), his sweeping panoramic views in "The Wind and the Lion" (1974), his autumnal work on Mark Rydell's "On Golden Pond" (1981) and the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982). He is the son of British director of photography Billie Williams.

Cinematographer who established himself in the 1960s with his work on two Ken Russell films, "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967) and "Women in Love" (1969). Outstanding credits include his understated photography on John Schlesinger's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1971), his sweeping panoramic views in "The Wind and the Lion" (1974), his autumnal work on Mark Rydell's "On Golden Pond" (1981) and the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982). He is the son of British director of photography Billie Williams.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Happy Feet (2006)
2.
 Blue Streak (1999) Cop In Gem Store Elevator
4.
 DROP Squad (1994) Huey
5.
 Game, The (1990) Vail Yearwood
6.
 Suspect (1987) Dr Alan Alpert
7.
 Spartacus (1960) Gladiator
8.
 Indian Uprising (1952) Sentry
9.
 Lightning Guns (1950) Lookout
10.
 Sarge Goes to College (1947) Janitor
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Began career as assitant to father, then worked on documentaries and commercials before entering features
1966:
First film as director of photography, "San Ferry Ann"
1973:
First US film, "Kid Blue"
1973:
Photographed US TV-movie "The Glass Menagerie" which also marked the TV acting debut of Katharine Hepburn
1981:
Shot "On Golden Pond" starrig Hepburn and Henry Fonda
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Notes

Williams served as president of the British Society of Cinematographers.

"I think that I had a certain sense of adventure about my work, I didn't feel restricted about the way things had been done by my predecessors, who were studio cinematographers with many years of experience working on sets. . . . I didn't feel myself restricted by too many conventions. I was prepared to have a go. And that's where commercials were invaluable because I had done a lot of fooling around and practicing, if you like, there. So when I came on to features I was quite well prepared technically but not in a conventional sense."--Williams quoted in "Masters of Light: Conversations With Contemporary Photographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (CA: University of California Press, 1984)

In addition to "Gandhi" (for which he won an Oscar), Williams was also nominated for Best Cinematography Oscars in 1970 for "Women in Love" and 1981 for "On Golden Pond".

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father:
Billie Williams. Cinematographer.

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