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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 22 April 1899Portland, Oregon, USA
Date of Death 16 April 1984Montecito, California, USA
Birth NameByron Conrad Haskin
Nicknames Bunny
Bun
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 Productions. He was a cinematographer during the silent era, worked on special effects and helped to develop the technology that eventually brought sound to the film industry. He began directing in the late 1920s at Warner Brothers and journeyed to England in the early 1930s to make films there. Upon his return he was appointed head of the Warner Brothers Special Effects department. He returned to directing, and was responsible for Walt Disney's first live-action film, Treasure Island (1950). In the mid-1950s Haskin began a rewarding association with producer George Pal, for whom he shot what is probably his best-known film, the science fiction classic The War of the Worlds (1953). Haskin would collaborate with Pal on three other films, The Naked Jungle (1954), Conquest of Space (1955) and The Power (1968). Fans will also remember Haskin for the cult-classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Edward E. Pringle (tedpringle@yahoo.com)

Spouse (2)

Terry Gates (? - 16 April 1984) (her death) (1 child)
Pauline Cecilia Young (? - 23 February 1959)

Trivia (1)

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.

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

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