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James Crabe (1931–1989)

James Crabe was born on August 19, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as James Aubrey Crabe. He is known for his work on The Karate Kid Part II (1986), Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984). He died on May 2, 1989 in Sherman Oaks, California. See full bio »

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The Karate Kid Part II
The Karate Kid Part II Cinematographer
Rocky Cinematographer
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Cinematographer
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 1988 Baby M (TV Movie)
 1988 For Keeps?
 1987 Happy New Year (director of photography)
 1987 Her Secret Life (TV Movie)
 1987 Deadly Care (TV Movie)
 1986 When the Bough Breaks (TV Movie)
 1986 The Karate Kid Part II (director of photography)
 1986 Long Time Gone (TV Movie)
 1985 The Hugga Bunch (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
 1985 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (director of photography)
 1984 Paper Dolls (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... (director of photography)
 1984 Concrete Beat (TV Movie)
 1984 The Karate Kid (director of photography)
 1984 Family Secrets (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1984 More Than Murder (TV Movie)
 1983 Two Kinds of Love (TV Movie)
 1982 Night Shift
 1982 The Letter (TV Movie)
 1980 The Formula (director of photography)
 1980 How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (director of photography)
 1979 Players
 1979 The China Syndrome (director of photography)
 1978 Thank God It's Friday (director of photography)
 1978 Sextette (director of photography)
 1978 A Death in Canaan (TV Movie)
 1976 Rocky (director of photography)
 1976 The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Movie)
 1975 The Entertainer (TV Movie)
 1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (director of photography)
 1975 The Dead Don't Die (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1974 The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1974 Rhinoceros (director of photography)
 1973 Save the Tiger (as Jim Crabe)
 1973 The Great American Beauty Contest (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1972 The Honkers
 1972 The Last of the Wild Mustangs (TV Short documentary)
 1971 Sweet, Sweet Rachel (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1971 A Step Out of Line (TV Movie)
 1970 Lost Flight (TV Movie) (director of photography - as James A. Crabe)
 1970 Zig Zag (as James A. Crabe)
 1970 Sole Survivor (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1965-1966 Time-Life Specials: The March of Time (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
 1965 Pro Football: Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 The Bold Men (TV Movie documentary)
 1964 Everybody Loves It (director of photography - as James Crabbe)
 1964 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962 The Soldier (Short) (photographed by)
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Alternate Names:

James Crabbe | Jim Crabbe | James A. Crabe | Jimmy Crabe | Jim Crabe

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Besides being a cinematographer, Jimmy was a stage magician, Aubrey the Magician. He appeared several times on the early ABC show "You Ask For It" and performed at Disneyland. It was through his connections on "You Ask For It' that he got into cinematography. In his later years, he no longer performed professionally but would continue to practice slide-of-hand card tricks to relax after a day on ... See more »

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