Richard Fryer (cinematographer)

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Richard Fryer
Morris Kolsky

25 December 1894
Died9 February 1953 (1953-02-10) (aged 58)
Other namesDick Fryer
Years active1918–1945

Richard Fryer (25 December 1894 – 9 February 1953), born Morris Kolsky, was a British-born Hollywood cinematographer.


Fryer was born Morris Kolsky in London in 1894, the son of tailor Marks Kolsky and his wife Annie.[1] On 14 May 1911, at the age of 18, he arrived in New York on board the ship "Majestic"; he was already showing his occupation as cinematographer as shown on the ship's manifest.[2] In 1928, when he applied for naturalization he was recorded as a motion picture cameraman living at 6600 Whitley Avenue (Hollywood Heights), Los Angeles.[3] He married Celia Wolf and together they had two daughters, Doris Mae Fryer in 1919 and Gloria Jean Fryer in 1925.


He was a prolific cinematographer who mainly worked on film serials. He is known for the serials Perils of Pauline, Tailspin Tommy, Flash Gordon and Black Arrow.[4]



  1. ^ Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England,
  2. ^ Manifests of Alien Passengers and Crew Members Who Arrived on Vessels at New York, New York. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  3. ^ Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887-1940; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
  4. ^ a b "Richard Fryer (1894–1953)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 June 2013.

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