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William H. Clothier (1903–1996)

Began working in film in 1923 as assistant cameraman. Worked in Mexico, Spain, served in Army Air Corps in WWII after which he returned to Hollywood. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Known For

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
(1962)
The Alamo
The Alamo Cinematographer
(1960)
McLintock!
McLintock! Cinematographer
(1963)
Big Jake
Big Jake Cinematographer
(1971)

Filmography

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 1971 Big Jake (director of photography)
 1970 Rio Lobo (director of photography)
 1970 Chisum (director of photography)
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1969 The Undefeated (director of photography)
 1968 Hellfighters (director of photography)
 1968 Bandolero! (director of photography)
 1968 The Devil's Brigade (director of photography)
 1968 Firecreek (director of photography)
 1967 The War Wagon (director of photography)
 1967 The Way West (director of photography)
 1966 Way... Way Out (director of photography)
 1966 Stagecoach (director of photography)
 1966 The Rare Breed (director of photography)
 1965 Shenandoah (director of photography)
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1964 A Distant Trumpet (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1963 McLintock! (director of photography)
 1963 Donovan's Reef (director of photography)
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Flashing Spikes (1962) ... (director of photography)
 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (director of photography)
 1962 Merrill's Marauders (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1961 The Comancheros (director of photography)
 1961 Ring of Fire
 1960 Guns Don't Argue (uncredited)
 1960 The Alamo (director of photography)
 1959 The Horse Soldiers (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1958 Escort West
 1958 China Doll (director of photography)
 1958 Fort Dobbs
 1958 Darby's Rangers (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1957 Bombers B-52 (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1957 Dragoon Wells Massacre (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1956 Gun the Man Down (director of photography)
 1956 Good-bye, My Lady (director of photography)
 1956 Cheyenne (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 Blood Alley (photography)
 1955 Gang Busters
 1955 The Sea Chase (director of photography - as William Clothier)
  Gang Busters (TV Series) (4 episodes, 1952 - 1955) (director of photography - 4 episodes, 1952 - 1955)
- The Red Dress Case (1955) ... (director of photography)
- The Prison Gang (1952)
- The Rocco Case (1952) ... (director of photography)
- The Burl Case (1952) ... (director of photography)
 1954 Killers from Space (director of photography)
 1953 Phantom from Space (director of photography - as William Clothier)
 1950 Once a Thief (photography)
 1948 Sofia (as William Clothier)
 1948 Fort Apache (uncredited)
 1947 For You I Die (as William Clothier)
 1944 The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (Documentary) (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

William Clothier | Wm H. Clothier | Wm. H. Clothier
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[on director John Ford] One time I called him John and he told me that only his enemies called him John. "Call me Jack," he'd say. Well, it's a funny thing with Jack: socially, you never wanted any part of him. He just wasn't that pleasant. For one thing, he was a reformed alcoholic; he didn't drink and he didn't think anybody else should. He also liked to play cards, but if you won you were a ... See more »

Trivia:

In 1955, Clothier filmed The Sea Chase, his first project as Director of Photography with John Wayne, after which the actor signed him to a contract with his Batjac Productions. The two went on to collaborate on 21 more films, including John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. He retired in 1972 after filming The Train Robbers for Burt Kennedy. See more »

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