William Daniels (cinematographer)

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William H. Daniels, A.S.C
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Born December 1, 1901
Cleveland, Ohio
Died June 14, 1970(1970-06-14) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1922–1970
Spouse(s) Betty Lee Gaston
Children Two daughters and one son

William H. Daniels, A.S.C. (December 1, 1901 – June 14, 1970) was a film cinematographer who was Greta Garbo's personal lensman. Early in his career he worked regularly with director Erich von Stroheim.[1]


Daniels was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1901. He started his film career in 1919.

His career as a cinematographer extended fifty years from the silent film Foolish Wives (1922) to Move (1970), although he was an uncredited camera operator on two earlier films (1919 and 1920). His major films included The Naked City (1948), filmed on the streets of New York, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

He also was associate producer of a few films in the 1960s and was President of American Society of Cinematographers (1961–63).[2]

On his death in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, William H. Daniels was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.





  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for The Naked City; 1949.


  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for Anna Christie; 1930.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Color, for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; 1959.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Color, How the West Was Won (1962); shared with: Milton Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle; 1964.


  1. ^ William H. Daniels on IMDb .
  2. ^ Steeman, Albert. Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, "William Daniels page," Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007. Last accessed: December 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Wallac, David "Dream Palaces of Hollywood's Golden Age." Abrams, New York; Encyclopedia of Cinematographers

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