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Also Known As: Died: May 31, 2010
Born: September 29, 1923 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cinematography ...
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Raised by grandmother and aunt after his mother and father died; they told him he was going to be a cameraman, so from the time he was 14, he knew what he wanted to be
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Served in the Coast Guard during World War II, returning home in 1946
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Found himself shut out of The Camera Guild after graduating from USC in 1950; worked as an editor at various television production companies; mustered non-union camera jobs by shooting inserts and stock footage on the fly
1954:
Got start in television, beginning as a loader on the ABC series "The Lone Ranger"
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Spent seven-and-a-half years working on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (ABC); credits director-star Ozzie Nelson with helping him rise from second assistant director to camera operator during this time
1956:
Served as camera assistant on "The Young Guns"
1961:
Worked as director of photography on the documentary "Forbid Them Not"
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After becoming an operator, worked with fellow USC alum and cameraman Conrad Hall on the Western "Stoney Burke" (ABC, 1962-1963) and the sci-fi classic "The Outer Limits" (ABC, 1963-1965)
1964:
Was camera operator on "Father Goose"
1965:
Operated camera on three of Hall's first four features as director of photography, "Wild Seed", "Morituri" and "The Professionals" (first collaboration with director Richard Brooks); the latter two earned Hall Oscar nominations
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Lost out on an opportunity to be director of photography on "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) when Jack Warner said, "Any cameraman that has not yet shot a picture is not going to shoot his first picture on my lot"
1967:
Feature debut as director of photography, "Games" (Universal)
1968:
First association with Burt Reynolds, "Fade-In"
1968:
Enjoyed professional and creative turning point with the success of Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" and Peter Yates' "Bullitt", serving as director of photographer on both
1970:
Made feature directorial debut with "Monte Walsh"
1971:
First of five films with director Floyd Mutrux, the semi-documentary "Dusty and Sweets McGee"; also appeared in picture as a big-time drug dealer, as well as being a partner in the Laughlin-Fraker-Mutrux-Michael Production
1971:
Helmed "Reflection of Fear" (released in 1973)
1975:
Reteamed with Mutrux for "aloha, bobby and rose"
1975:
Shot the last 10 days or so of Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning Best Picture "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", after both Haskell Wexler and Bill Butler had worked on it
1976:
Served as cinematographer for Reynolds' feature directorial debut, "Gator"
1977:
First collaboration with Steven Spielberg, shot additional scenes for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
1977:
Received first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography for work on Richard Brooks' "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"
1978:
Third film with Mutrux, "American Hot Wax"
1978:
Earned second Academy Award nomination for "Heaven Can Wait", co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry
1979:
Received two Oscar nominations for Spielberg's "1941" for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography
1980:
Fourth film with Mutrux, "The Hollywood Knights"
1981:
Reunited with Reynolds for "Sharkey's Machine"
1981:
Third feature directing project, "The Legend of the Lone Ranger"
1983:
Earned another Oscar nomination for "WarGames"
1984:
First film with director Charles Shyer, "Irreconcilable Differences"
1985:
Second film as director of photography for Brooks, "Fever Pitch"
1985:
Sixth and last Academy Award nomination to date, "Murphy's Romance"
1987:
Was cinematographer on Hugh Wilson's "Burglar"
1987:
Reunited with Shyer on "Baby Boom", starring Diane Keaton
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Worked as director of photography with Hugh Wilson on the CBS series "Frank's Place"
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Directed six episodes of "Wiseguy" (CBS)
1989:
Reteamed with Yates on "An Innocent Man"
1989:
Helmed "The Dancer's Touch" (ABC), the first of 12 TV-movies starring Reynolds as B L Stryker
1990:
First film with director Andrew Bergman, "The Freshman"
1990:
Fifth film with Mutrux, "There Goes My Baby" (released in 1994)
1992:
Reunited with Bergman for "Honeymoon in Las Vegas"
1993:
Served as associate producer and cinematographer on "Tombstone"
1993:
Helmed an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS)
1994:
Served as director of photography on Sandra Locke's ABC movie "Death in Small Doses"; Locke had acted in his "A Reflection of Fear"
1995:
Third feature with Shyer for "Father of the Bride Part II", starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton
1996:
Along with director John Frankenheimer, signed on for "The Island of Dr Moreau" a week into the scheduled production after the original director and cinematographer left due to creative differences with the studio
1997:
Captured Las Vegas again for "Vegas Vacation"
1999:
Honored by the American Society of Cinematographers with a lifetime achievement award
2000:
Served as director of photography on William Friedkin's "Rules of Engagement", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L Jackson, and Peter Chelsom's "Town & Country", which reteamed him with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton

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