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Sam Leavitt (1904–1984)


Had been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1935. See more trivia »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Anatomy of a Murder
Anatomy of a Murder Cinematographer
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born Cinematographer
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones Cinematographer


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 1977 The Fantastic Journey (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Vortex (1977) ... (director of photography)
 1972-1974 Banacek (TV Series) (director of photography - 17 episodes)
- Now You See Me, Now You Don't (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Fly Me- If You Can Find Me (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Rocket to Oblivion (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Horse of a Slightly Different Color (1974) ... (director of photography)
- The Vanishing Chalice (1974) ... (director of photography)
 1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- And Other Springs I May Not See (1973) ... (director of photography)
 1972 The Longest Night (TV Movie)
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1971 Funny Face (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Don't Worry, I'll Manage (1971) ... (director of photography)
 1970 The Partridge Family (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- What? and Get Out of Show Business? (1970) ... (director of photography)
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
 1969 The Desperados (director of photography)
 1968 The Wrecking Crew (director of photography)
 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (director of photography)
 1967 The Flying Nun (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The Flying Nun (1967) ... (director of photography)
 1966 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The Monster's Web (1966) ... (director of photography)
 1966 Batman (TV Series) (director of photography - 2 episodes)
- Smack in the Middle (1966) ... (director of photography - as Sam Levitt)
- Hi Diddle Riddle (1966) ... (director of photography - as Sam Levitt)
 1966 Blue Light (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The Last Man (1966) ... (director of photography)
 1965 Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (director of photography)
 1965 Brainstorm
 1965 My Blood Runs Cold (director of photography)
 1965 Major Dundee (director of photography)
 1964 El camino real (Documentary short)
 1963 Johnny Cool
 1962 Diamond Head (director of photography)
 1962 Advise & Consent (director of photography)
 1962 Cape Fear (as Samuel Leavitt)
 1961 The Right Approach (director of photography)
 1960 Exodus (director of photography)
 1960 Seven Thieves
 1959 The Crimson Kimono (director of photography)
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder (director of photography)
 1959 Pork Chop Hill (director of photography)
 1958 The Defiant Ones (director of photography)
  The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (1 episode, 1957) (director of photography - 11 episodes, 1957 - 1958)
- The Seedling Doubt (1958) ... (director of photography)
- Face of Fear (1958) ... (director of photography)
- The Green Grass of St. Theresa (1958) ... (director of photography)
- The Brownstone Incident (1958) ... (director of photography)
- The Man on the Stairs (1958) ... (director of photography)
 1957 Hell Ship Mutiny (photographed by)
 1957 Time Limit (director of photography)
 1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- The Affair of the Three Napoleons (1956) ... (director of photography)
 1956 Hot Rod Girl (director of photography)
 1956 Crime in the Streets (director of photography)
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm (director of photography)
 1954 Carmen Jones (director of photography)
 1953 Goof on the Roof (Short) (director of photography)
 1953 China Venture
 1952 I Married Joan (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Birthday (1952)
- Joan's Curiosity (1952)
 1952 The Thief (director of photography)
 1935 Thoroughbred
 1933 The Stage Hand (Short)
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Began as a camera operator at Biograph in New York in the early 1930's. Director of photography from 1952, his varied career encompassing many routine assignments as well as occasional gems, such as Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and Cape Fear (1962). See more »

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