Floyd Crosby

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Floyd Crosby
Floyd Delafield Crosby

December 12, 1899
DiedSeptember 30, 1985(1985-09-30) (aged 85)
Ojai, California, United States
Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead
(m. 1930; div. 1960)

Betty Cormack
(m. 1960; his death 1985)
ChildrenEthan Crosby
David Crosby
RelativesFrancis Delafield (grandfather)
Edward Henry Delafield (uncle)

Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 – September 30, 1985)[1] was an Academy Award winning American cinematographer, descendant of the Van Rensselaer family,[2] and father of musicians Ethan and David Crosby.

Early life[edit]

Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd (née Delafield) and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby.[3] Through his maternal grandmother, he was descended from the prominent Van Rensselaer family.[2]

His maternal grandfather was Dr. Francis Delafield.[4] His maternal uncle was Edward Henry Delafield (1880-1955).[5]


During his career, Floyd Crosby was involved in the cinematography of more than 100 full-length movies. He won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas. In 1973, Crosby participated in an oral history sponsored by the American Film Institute, part of which dealt with his work on Tabu: A Story of the South Seas.[6] He was also the cinematographer for High Noon (1952), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Crosby also worked with B-movie director Roger Corman on several films.

Crosby served as a cinematographer for the U.S. Army Air Corps film wing, and made flight training films in World War II. He left the Air Corps in 1946.

Personal life[edit]

On December 11, 1930,[4] he married Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead. She was the daughter of John Brinton Whitehead.[2] Together, they had two children:

Crosby divorced in 1960, and married Betty Cormack Andrews in the same year. He retired in 1972[3] to Ojai, California, where he died in 1985.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Floyd D. Crosby biography, All Movie.
  2. ^ a b c "ALIPH WHITEHEAD TO WED F.D. CROSBY; New York Girl's Engagement Is Announced by Her Parents. SHE IS IN JUNIOR LEAGUE Her Fiance Is a Grandson of the Late Dr. and Mrs. Francis C. Delafield". The New York Times. 5 December 1930. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Floyd Crosby", Great Cinematographers.
  4. ^ a b "ALIPH WHITEHEAD WEDS F.D. CROSBY; Dr. Darlington Officiates at Ceremony in Chapel of Church of the Heavenly Rest. FEW WITNESS CEREMONY John B. Whitehead Gives His Daughter in Marriage--Wedding Trip to South America". The New York Times. 12 December 1930. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ Times, Special To The New York (28 March 1952). "MRS. F. V. S. CROSBY, WIDOW OF FINANCIER". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ https://archive.org/details/TapeIISideOneTapeIISideTwo2BRepaired92617

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