Joseph MacDonald

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Joseph MacDonald, A.S.C.
Born Joseph Patrick MacDonald
(1906-05-26)May 26, 1906
Mexico City, Mexico
Died December 15, 1968(1968-12-15) (aged 62)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Cinematographer

Joseph Patrick "Joe" MacDonald, A.S.C. (December 15, 1906 - May 26, 1968) was a Mexican-born American cinematographer. An assistant cameraman from the early 1920s, he became a cinematographer in the 1940s and soon was working on Hollywood productions, mostly at 20th Century Fox. He was usually billed as Joe MacDonald. He was the first Mexican-born cinematographer, and only the second overall, after Leon Shamroy, to film a movie in CinemaScope (How to Marry a Millionaire), as well as the first Mexican-born cinematographer to film a movie in Deluxe Color.

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  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for The Young Lions; 1959.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for Pepe; 1961.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for The Sand Pebbles; 1967.


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