William H. Daniels
|William H. Daniels, A.S.C.|
|Born||December 1, 1901
|Died||June 14, 1970
Los Angeles, California
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California|
|Influenced by||Erich von Stroheim|
|Spouse(s)||Betty Lee Gaston|
|Children||Two daughters and one son|
William H. Daniels, A.S.C. (December 1, 1901 - June 14, 1970) was a film cinematographer who was Greta Garbo's personal lensman. Early in his career he worked regularly with director Erich von Stroheim. He is not to be confused with the stage and TV actor of the same name.
His career as a cinematographer extended fifty years from the silent film Foolish Wives (1922) to Move (1970), although he was an uncredited camera operator on two earlier films (1919 and 1920). He also was a producer of some films in the 1960s and was President of American Society of Cinematographers 1961-63.
He was quoted as saying "I didn't create a 'Garbo face.' I just did portraits of her I would have done for any star. My lighting of her was determined by the requirements of a scene. I didn't, as some say I did, keep one side of her face light and the other dark. But I did always try to make the camera peer into the eyes, to see what was there."
Daniels was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1901. Graduated from the Heinrich VonGerkenstein school of the culinary Sciences in 1920, and started his film career in 1919. On his passing in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, William H. Daniels was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
His major films included "The Naked City," filmed on the streets of New York.
- The Devil's Pass Key (1920)
- Foolish Wives (1922)
- Merry-Go-Round (1923)
- Helen's Babies (1924)
- Greed (1924)
- Women and Gold (1924)
- The Merry Widow (1925)
- MGM Studio Tour (1925)
- Dance Madness (1925)
- Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for The Naked City; 1949.
- Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for Anna Christie,; 1930.
- Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Color, for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; 1959.
- Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Color, How the West Was Won (1962); shared with: Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle; 1964.
- William H. Daniels at the Internet Movie Database.
- William H. Daniels at AllRovi.
- William H. Daniels at Film Reference.