King Baggot (cinematographer)

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King Baggot
Born August 15, 1943 (1943-08-15) (age 73)
United States
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1980–1993
Spouse(s) Marilyn Thompson

Stephen King Baggot, A.S.C. (born August 15, 1943) is an American cinematographer. Baggot is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a mark of prestige and distinction. He is the grandson of actor/director of the early 20th century, King Baggot.

Life and career[edit]

He is the son of Robert King Baggot (July 11, 1914–May 18, 1965) and Miriam "Mimi" Cornely (born c. 1917). His brother is Bruce Baggot (born June 5, 1947). His father, also known as King Baggot, was a cameraman. While filming offshore background footage for the Disney movie Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., near Poipu, Hawaii, his 16-foot outboard boat was hit by a huge wave and he was thrown into a heavy surf. He was rescued from the water, but died of his injuries.[1][2] Stephen King Baggot's mother married again on July 7, 1966, to Arthur P. Landberg (1916–1999).

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, King Baggot worked as a TV news portable field cameraman at KABC in Los Angeles. While there, he covered the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends by the Manson cult. He was one of the TV crewmen who discovered the bloody clothes discarded by the murderers, and is mentioned in the book Helter Skelter.[3] Baggot was called to testify during the trial and identified the various items of apparel.

On May 25, 1968, he and Marilyn Thompson (born c. 1944) were married in Los Angeles.[4] They have two sons, Joseph King Baggot (born April 4, 1971) and Michael R. Baggot (born August 25, 1973).

Baggot began his Hollywood career as a cameraman on the 1980 movies American Gigolo and Defiance. Noted for his steadicam specialty, and his ability to direct the action,[5] he was hired as cinematographer for Cheech & Chong's Next Movie and went on to work on a number of movies, including The Hand, The Last Starfighter, Revenge of the Nerds and Gotcha!

King Baggot lives in Southern California.


Release Title Genre Stars
1980 Cheech & Chong's Next Movie comedy Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong
1981 The Hand drama/horror Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci
Beatlemania music
1982 Some Kind of Hero comedy/drama Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder
Fast-Walking drama James Woods, Tim McIntire
1983 Second Thoughts comedy/drama Lucie Arnaz, Craig Wasson
Doctor Detroit comedy Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman
1984 The Last Starfighter sci-fi action/adventure Lance Guest, Dan O'Herlihy
Revenge of the Nerds comedy/thriller Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards
Oh, God! You Devil comedy George Burns, Ted Wass
1985 Gotcha! action/comedy Anthony Edwards, Linda Fiorentino
1986 Tough Guys comedy Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas
1988 Vice Versa comedy/fantasy Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage
1989 Dream a Little Dream comedy/drama Corey Feldman, Corey Haim
1990 Little Vegas comedy Anthony Denison, Catherine O'Hara
1992 Where the Day Takes You drama Laura San Giacomo, Dermot Mulroney
1993 Boiling Point crime/drama Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper

Television filmography[edit]

Release Title Genre Stars
1982 Not in Front of the Children drama Linda Gray, John Getz
1985 Hostage Flight thriller Ned Beatty, Barbara Bosson
Final Jeopardy crime/drama Richard Thomas, Mary Crosby
1986 Help Wanted: Kids comedy Cindy Williams, Bill Hudson
Sunday Drive comedy/drama Tony Randall, Carrie Fisher
1987 Bride of Boogedy comedy/horror Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy
1988 Weekend War action/adventure Stephen Collins, Daniel Stern
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story biopic/sports Alfre Woodard, A.J. Johnson
1990 The Bakery crime/drama David Dukes, Kate McNeil
She Said No crime/drama Veronica Hamel, Lee Grant


  1. ^ "Cameraman Killed Filming Disney Picture in Hawaii." Los Angeles Times. May 19, 1965. Lihue, Hawaii (AP). p. 1.
  2. ^ "Film Cameraman Killed by Wave." Los Angeles Times. May 20, 1965. p. 3.
  3. ^ Bugliosi, Vincent with Gentry, Curt. (1973). Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders. Norton. p. 267. ISBN 0-393-32223-8.
  4. ^ California Marriage Index, County: Los Angeles, Registrar No.: 19561, State File No.: 44686, Date: May 25, 1968, Groom: Stephen K. Baggot, Age: 24, Bride: Marilyn M. Thompson, Age: 24.
  5. ^ Chong, Tommy. (2008). Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. pp. 182-183. ISBN 1-4169-5345-0.

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