William A. Fraker

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William A. Fraker
Born September 29, 1923
Los Angeles
Died May 31, 2010 (aged 86)
Los Angeles
Occupation Cinematographer
Title A.S.C.
Board member of A.S.C. President (1979–1980), (1984), (1991–1992)
Spouse(s) Denise

William Ashman Fraker, A.S.C., B.S.C. (September 29, 1923 – May 31, 2010) was a cinematographer, film director, and producer. He has been nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In 2000, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) honoring his career. Fraker graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1950.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Fraker was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of a Hollywood studio photographer.[2] As cinematographer, his films include The President's Analyst (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Bullitt (1968), Paint Your Wagon (1969), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Coonskin (1975), Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Heaven Can Wait (1978), 1941 (1979), WarGames (1983), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Murphy's Romance (1985), Tombstone (1993), and Street Fighter (1994).

He directed three theatrical films, Monte Walsh (1970), A Reflection of Fear (1971), and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), as well as several television films and series.

Fraker died on May 31, 2010 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. He was 86. He is survived by his wife Denise. He was predeceased in 1992 by son William A. Fraker Jr., an assistant cameraman.[3]


Academy Awards


  • Nominee Best Visual Effects - WarGames (1983) (also nominated - Michael Fink, Joe Digeatano, Jack Cooperman, Don Hansard, Colin Cantwell)
  • Nominee Best Cinematography - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (also nominated - Haskell Wexler, Bill Butler)
  • Nominee Best Cinematography - Bullitt (1968)

American Society of Cinematographers

  • Winner Lifetime Achievement Award (2000)


  • Winner Lifetime Achievement Award (2003)

National Society of Film Critics

  • Winner Best Cinematography - Bullitt (1968)



  1. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Accessed March 10, 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/9/William-A-Fraker.html
  3. ^ ""Coonskin" cinematographer William A. Fraker dies". forum.bcdb.com June 1, 2010

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