Wednesday, June 2, 2010

R.I.P, William Fraker

William A. Fraker dies at 86; Hollywood cinematographer

(Los Angeles Times) William A. "Bill" Fraker, a cinematographer who was nominated for six Academy Awards including for "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," "Heaven Can Wait" and "1941," died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86 and had cancer.

Fraker, a larger-than-life figure, was one of America's most respected cinematographers, known as much for the enduring images he crafted on classic movies like "Rosemary's Baby" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as for his efforts to mentor young camera operators.

"He was an icon as far as cinematographers and filmmakers go,'' said Owen Roizman, past president of the American Society of Cinematographers. "His loss will be immeasurable."

Fraker was part of a group of young cinematographers that included Vilmos Zsigmond, Laszlo Kovacs and Nestor Almendros who rose through the ranks of the studio system and helped usher in a golden era of filmmaking in the 1970s.

"We're all heartbroken," said Richard Crudo, vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers. "Billy always represented to me the epitome of the Hollywood filmmaker."

R.I.P, Bill. You will be missed.

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