John Alton Biography (1901-1996)



Born October 5, 1901, in Sopron, Hungary; immigrated to the United States, 1919; died June 2, 1996, in Santa Monica, CA. Career: Cinematographer, director, and screenwriter. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, lab technician, 1924-28; assistant to Clyde De Vinna and Woody Van Dyke (film directors); Paramount, cameraman, 1928-early 1930s; also worked in Argentina in the early 1930s, directing more than 20 films and helping create the country's first sound stage. Awards, Honors: Academy Award, best cinematography--color, 1951, for AnAmerican in Paris(with Alfred Gilks); Career Achievement Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, 1993; tributes at the Telluride Film Festival and the American Museum of the Moving Image.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Cinematographer, director, screenwriter
Birth Details
October 5, 1901
Sopron, Hungary
Death Details
June 2, 1996
Santa Monica, California, United States

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