Kenneth D. Peach, Sr. (6 March 1903 – 27 February 1988) was an American cinematographer.
Kenneth D. Peach Sr. was born in El Reno, Indian Territory (in what is now Oklahoma). Peach entered the film industry in 1923 and became a director of photography in 1926. He worked with composite processes, miniatures, montages and matte shots for Tiffany Pictures for two years, then joined Fred Jackman's technical effects department at Warner Bros.- First National for three years. In 1931 he joined RKO Pictures' special effects department. In 1933 he began a long association with producer Hal Roach of Hal Roach Studios, where he shot several Laurel and Hardy films (Dirty Work, Sons of the Desert). In his later career, he worked in both film and television, in TV series such as Lassie (73 episodes, 1958–1960), The Outer Limits (25 episodes, 1964–1965), H.R. Pufnstuf (17 episodes, 1969–1970), Taxi (59 episodes, 1980–1983), before retiring in 1984.
He was married to actress Pauline Curley from 1922 until his death. He had two sons, Kenneth Peach, Jr., also a cinematographer, Martin Peach and a daughter is survived by sons Kenneth Peach Jr, Martin, and daughter Pauline Reynolds. Ken Peach Jr. died March 22, 2006, at age 65. Presently, Martin Peach works as a 'key grip' for Disney's children's TV series, Wizards of Waverly Place.
Kenneth D. Peach Sr. died on 30 February 1988, 8 days before his 85th birthday. He and wife Pauline (who died 16 December 2000, only three days before her 97th birthday) are buried together in the Lincoln Terrace section, of Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.
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