Floyd Crosby

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Floyd Crosby
Born Floyd Delafield Crosby
December 12, 1899
West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died September 30, 1985(1985-09-30) (aged 85)
Ojai, California, United States
Occupation Cinematographer
Spouse(s) Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead
(m. 1930; divorce 1960)

Betty Cormack
(m. 1960; his death 1985)
Children Ethan Crosby
David Crosby

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


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. He was also the cinematographer for High Noon (1952), considered to be among his best work, and for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Crosby also worked with B-movie director Roger Corman on several films.

U.S. Army Air Corps[edit]

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]

In 1930, he married Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead[2] and 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]


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