Arthur Charles Miller

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Arthur Charles Miller
The House of Hate (1918) - 1.jpg
Miller at Cliffhanger Point filming Pearl White and Antonio Moreno in The House of Hate (1918)
Born (1895-07-08)July 8, 1895
Roslyn, New York
Died July 13, 1970(1970-07-13) (aged 75)
Occupation cinematographer
Years active 1914-1951
Employer Fox Film Corporation
Title A.S.C.
Board member of
A.S.C. President (1954-1956)
Awards Academy Award for Best Cinematography
How Green Was My Valley 1941
The Song of Bernadette 1944
Anna and the King of Siam 1947

Arthur Charles Miller, A.S.C. (July 8, 1895 - July 13, 1970) was an American cinematographer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Roslyn, Long Island, New York, Arthur C. Miller began his career at the age of 13 years old. He and his brother William J. Miller cinematographer doph, for (Sgt Bilko) both of the Miller Brothers were named as presidents' of the first Motion Picture Union, Local 644, both being called presidents because the two brothers were the only founders. Arthur C. Miller was working in New York City as an assistant to filmmaker Fred J. Balshofer. The two remained lifelong friends and in 1967 co-wrote the book about the early days of film titled One Reel a Week. –International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industry Local 644 was chartered by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees on November 15, 1926. It conducted its meetings in the rooms of the United Scenic Artists and benefited from the organization of studio mechanics in 1924. Chartering members were Eastern seaboard theatrical and newsreel cameramen dissatisfied with their working conditions characterized by long hours at the whim of producers. Activists who served as the interim president and first president of the local were Bill Miller, brother of Arthur C. Miller later Director of photography of the early television show, "Sergeant Bilko," and Billy Bitzer, cameraman for D.W. Griffith.


In 1909, Arthur C. Miller was working in New York City as an assistant cameraman for the New York Motion Picture Corporation. In 1918 his brother Bill Miller, founded the Motion Picture Industry Union and after leaving for Hollywood Arthur C. Miller formed the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) He eventually joined Pathé Frères and although still only 19 years old, was the cinematographer for the 1914 adventure serial The Perils of Pauline. He had a lengthy tenure at Paramount from the late teens throughout the 1920s. In 1932 Arthur Charles Miller signed a long term contract with Fox Film Corporation for Cinematographer of every Shirley Temple film.

Arthur C. Miller was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography seven times, winning it up against Citizen Cane in 1941, Arthur C. Miller won Academy Award for Best Cinematography for How Green Was My Valley, again in 1944 for The Song of Bernadette, and a third time in 1947 for Anna and the King of Siam. He retired in 1951 but remained active in the industry as president of the American Society of Cinematographers. He died in Los Angeles, California in 1970 and was interred in the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery.


Selected filmography:

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