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Conrad L. Hall Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 June 1926Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Date of Death 4 January 2003Santa Monica, California, USA  (complications from bladder cancer)
Birth NameConrad Lafcadio Hall
Nickname Connie

Mini Bio (2)

Born in Tahiti, the son of writer James Norman Hall, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty," Conrad Hall studied filmmaking at USC. He and two classmates formed a production company and sold a project to a local television station. Hall's company branched out into making industrial films and TV commercials. They were hired to shoot location footage for several feature films, including's Disney's The Living Desert (1953). In the early 1960s, Hall was hired as a camera assistant on several features and worked his way up to camera operator. He received his first cinematographer credit in 1965. Hall won acclaim for his rich and complex compositions, especially for In Cold Blood (1967) and won an Academy Award for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). He won two more Oscars, for American Beauty (1999), in 2000, and Road to Perdition (2002).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Connie's career got its major boost when Leslie Stevens hired him as Director of Photography for his first TV series, "Stoney Burke", in 1962, and then he became the major DP for the "Outer Limits", from 1963-64, along with his camera operator, Bill Fraker, both of whom moved on to brilliant film careers.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marilyn Stefano (widow of Joseph Stefano)

Spouse (3)

Katharine Ross (1969 - 1974) (divorced)
Virginia E. Schwartz (14 June 1952 - 1969) (divorced) (3 children)
Susan Kowarsh (? - 4 January 2003) (his death)

Trivia (9)

Cousin of Jon Hall and Ben Chapman. Brother of Nancy Hall Rutgers.
Died 11 weeks before he won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for Road to Perdition (2002). His son, Conrad W. Hall accepted the Oscar on his behalf.
Is one of only six cinematographers to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the other five being Hal Mohr, J. Peverell Marley, Leon Shamroy, Haskell Wexler and Ray Rennahan.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 1, 2003.
Had been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1967.
Named after Joseph Conrad and Lafcadio Hearn.
The crime drama Road to Perdition (2002) is dedicated to him.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Claudia Cardinale] A cameraman's dream -- a perfect piece of nature -- there is not much you can do wrong in photographing her.

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