Joseph MacDonald

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Joseph MacDonald, A.S.C.
Born Joseph Patrick Macdonald
(1906-05-26)May 26, 1906
Mexico City, Mexico
Died December 15, 1968(1968-12-15) (aged 62)
Woodland Hills, California
Occupation Cinematographer

Joseph MacDonald, A.S.C. (December 15, 1906 - May 26, 1968) was a Mexican-born American cinematographer.

An assistant cameraman from the early 1920s, he became a cinematographer in the 1940s and soon was working on Hollywood productions,mostly at the 20th Century Fox studios. He was usually billed as Joe MacDonald.





  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for The Young Lions; 1959.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for Pepe; 1961.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for The Sand Pebbles; 1967.


At the time of the release of his most widely seen movie, How to Marry a Millionaire, no widescreen movies were being produced in Mexico, and in fact several years passed before such movies would be produced in that country. For this reason, MacDonald was the first Mexican-born cinematographer, and only the second overall, behind fellow 20th cinematographer Leon Shamroy, to film a movie in CinemaScope. In addition, MacDonald was the first Mexican-born cinematographer to be Oscar nominated.



  1. ^ Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to World Film, since 1885. 2008. Index home page.

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