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 Cortland Whitehead (1930–1960)
Betty Cormack (1960–1985)
Children Ethan Crosby (1937–1997)
David Crosby (born 1941)

Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 – September 30, 1985)[1] was an American cinematographer.


Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd (née Delafield) and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby.[2]

In 1930, he married Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead and had two children: David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and the late reclusive singer-songwriter Ethan Crosby (1937–1997).

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.

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.

Crosby divorced in 1960, and married Betty Cormack Andrews in the same year. He retired in 1972[2] to Ojai, California, where he died in 1985.

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