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Russell Metty (1906–1978)

Cinematographer Russell Metty, a superb craftsman who worked with such top directors as John Huston, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles, was born in Los Angeles on Septmeber 20, 1906. Entering the movie industry as a lab assistant, Metty apprenticed as as an assistant cameraman and graduated to lighting cameraman at RKO Radio ... See full bio »

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 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The Flickering Torch Mystery (1977) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
 1976-1977 Delvecchio (TV Series) (director of photography - 4 episodes)
- Licensed to Kill (1977) ... (director of photography)
- APB: Santa Claus (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Red Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Good Cop (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Mini-Series) (director of photography - 7 episodes)
- Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12 (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Part VII: Chapter 10 (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Part VII: Chapter 9 (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Part VI: Chapter 8 (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Part V: Chapter 7 (1976) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
 1975 The Runaways (TV Movie)
 1972-1975 The Waltons (TV Series) (director of photography - 57 episodes)
- The Shivaree (1975) ... (director of photography)
- The Beguiled (1975) ... (director of photography)
- The Matchmakers (1975) ... (director of photography)
- The Lie (1975) ... (director of photography)
- The Birthday (1974) ... (director of photography)
 1973 Brock's Last Case (TV Movie)
 1972 Cancel My Reservation (as Russell L. Metty)
 1972 Ben
 1971 Columbo (TV Series) (director of photography - 5 episodes)
- Lady in Waiting (1971) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Suitable for Framing (1971) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Dead Weight (1971) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Death Lends a Hand (1971) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
- Murder by the Book (1971) ... (director of photography - as Russell L. Metty)
 1971 The Harness (TV Movie)
 1971 Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV Movie)
 1971 The Omega Man (director of photography)
 1970 Tribes (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1969 Change of Habit (director of photography)
 1969 Eye of the Cat (director of photography)
 1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- A Matter of Humanities (1969) ... (director of photography - as Russell L.Metty)
 1968 Madigan
 1967 Counterpoint
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (director of photography)
 1966 Texas Across the River (director of photography)
 1966 The Appaloosa (director of photography)
 1966 Madame X (director of photography)
 1965 The War Lord (director of photography)
 1964 Broadside (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Don't Make Waves (1964) ... (director of photography)
 1963 Captain Newman, M.D. (director of photography)
 1963 The Thrill of It All (director of photography)
 1962 If a Man Answers (director of photography)
 1962 The Interns
 1962 That Touch of Mink (director of photography)
 1961 Flower Drum Song (director of photography)
 1961 By Love Possessed (director of photography)
 1961 The Misfits (director of photography)
 1960 Midnight Lace (director of photography)
 1960 Spartacus (director of photography)
 1960 Portrait in Black (director of photography)
 1959 Imitation of Life (director of photography)
 1959 Steve Canyon (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Prisoner (1959)
 1959 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958 A Time to Love and a Time to Die (director of photography)
 1958 The Thing That Couldn't Die (director of photography)
 1958 Touch of Evil (director of photography)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Dungeon (1958)
 1958 The Female Animal (director of photography)
 1957 Man Afraid
 1957 Mister Cory
 1957 Battle Hymn (director of photography)
 1956 Written on the Wind (director of photography)
 1956 There's Always Tomorrow (director of photography)
 1955 All That Heaven Allows (director of photography)
 1955 Man Without a Star (director of photography)
 1955 Crashout
 1954 Naked Alibi
 1954 Magnificent Obsession (director of photography)
 1953 Tumbleweed
 1953 The Man from the Alamo (director of photography)
 1953 Seminole
 1953 The Bond Between Us (Documentary short)
 1952 Against All Flags (director of photography)
 1952 Scarlet Angel
 1952 The World in His Arms (director of photography)
 1952 The Treasure of Lost Canyon (director of photography)
 1951 The Raging Tide (director of photography)
 1951 Little Egypt
 1951 Katie Did It
 1951 Up Front
 1950 Wyoming Mail
 1950 Peggy
 1950 Sierra
 1949 Bagdad
 1949 We Were Strangers (director of photography)
 1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (director of photography)
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy (director of photography)
 1948 All My Sons (director of photography)
 1948 Arch of Triumph (director of photography)
 1947 Ride the Pink Horse (director of photography)
 1947 Ivy
 1947 The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (photography)
 1946 The Stranger
 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood (director of photography)
 1946 Whistle Stop
 1945 Pardon My Past (director of photography)
 1945 Story of G.I. Joe (director of photography)
 1945 It's in the Bag! (director of photography)
 1943 Tender Comrade (director of photography)
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit (director of photography)
 1943 Double Up (Short)
 1943 Forever and a Day (uncredited)
 1942 Army Surgeon
 1942 Dear! Deer! (Short)
 1942 The Falcon's Brother (director of photography)
 1942 Two for the Money (Short)
 1942 The Big Street (director of photography)
 1942 Framing Father (Short)
 1942 Joan of Paris
 1941 Sunny
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance (director of photography)
 1940 Sunk by the Census (Short)
 1940 Irene (director of photography)
 1940 Curtain Call
 1940 Scrappily Married (Short)
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong (director of photography)
 1939 Three Sons
 1939 Bad Lands (uncredited)
 1939 The Great Man Votes (photographed by)
 1938 Next Time I Marry (photographed by)
 1938 The Affairs of Annabel (photographed by)
 1938 Bringing Up Baby (photographed by)
 1938 Ears of Experience (Short)
 1937 Forty Naughty Girls (photographed by)
 1937 They Wanted to Marry (photographed by)
 1936 Night Waitress (photographed by)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (14 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
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He clashed frequently with director Stanley Kubrick over the shooting of Spartacus (1960), a film that star Kirk Douglas inveigled Kubrick to direct after Douglas fired original director Anthony Mann, who had hired Metty in the first place. Though Metty was a top lighting cameraman in Hollywood who had worked with the hands-on director Orson Welles, he was unhappy with Kurbrick's exertion of ... See more »



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