John F. Seitz Biography (1892-1979)



Born June 23, 1892, in Chicago, IL; died, February 27, 1979, in Woodland, CA;brother of George B. Seitz (a director); married, Marie Boyle, 1934. Career: Cinematographer. Worked for St. Louis Motion Picture Company as laboratory technician, 1909; joined Metro Pictures, 1916; President, American Society of Cinematographers, 1929-30. Credited with many technical innovations: invented the matte shot (pre-photographed backgrounds with action foregrounds); held eighteen patents on photographic inventions; retired, 1960. Awards,Honors: Academy Award nomination, best cinematography, 1930, for TheDivine Lady; Academy Award nomination, best cinematography--black-and-white, 1943, for Five Graves to Cairo; Academy Award nomination, best cinematography--black-and-white, 1945, for Double Indemnity; Academy Award nomination, best cinematography--black-and-white, 1946, for The Lost Weekend; Academy Award nomination, best cinematography--black-and-white, 1950, for Sunset Boulevard; Academy Award nomination (shared with W. Howard Greene), best cinematography--color, 1951, for When Worlds Collide;Academy Award nomination, best cinematography--black-and-white, 1954, for Rogue Cop..

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Cinematographer
Birth Details
June 23, 1892
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death Details
February 27, 1979
Woodland, California, United States

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