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Byron Haskin (1899–1984)

After graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Byron Haskin worked for a time as a newspaper cartoonist. He began his career in the film industry in 1920 as a commercial-industrial movie photographer, and then as a cameraman for Pathe and International Newsreel. Later he became an assistant director at Selznick Pictures. He was a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Known For

The War of the Worlds
The Sea Hawk
The Sea Hawk Special Effects
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace Special Effects


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 1968 The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pirate Island (1968)
 1968 The Power
 1966 Historias para no dormir (TV Series) (1 episode)
- La Mano (1966) ... (uncredited)
 1963-1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Behold Eck! (1964)
 1959 World of Giants (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Death Trap (1959)
 1957-1958 The Californians (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- Mr. Valejo (1958)
- China Doll (1958)
- The Coward (1958)
- The PO 8 (1957)
 1957 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 The Adventures of McGraw (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mojave (1957)
 1957 The Adventures of Long John Silver (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Explosion (1957)
- Outpost (1957)
 1956 The Boss
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1951 Silver City
 1951 Warpath
 1947 I Walk Alone
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic (uncredited)
 1927 The Siren
 1927 Irish Hearts
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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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[on his last film, The Power (1968), produced by George Pal] The personal friction between MGM and George Pal--the hatreds between them, you just wouldn't believe!--were allowed to operate on that film's economy. It wasn't released with any fanfare. It was grudgingly allowed to escape, with everyone at MGM hoping it would flop, because they were trying to get rid of Pal.


In the 1960s Haskin directed several episodes of The Outer Limits (1963) science-fiction series, including The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand (1964), a favorite among the show's fans, written by Harlan Ellison. The long-awaited sequel, "Demon on the Run", was scheduled to have been shown on the television series, Babylon 5 (1994), sometime in 1997 or 1998, but sadly it was never filmed.


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