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John A. Alonzo (1934–2001)

John A. Alonzo was born on June 12, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Chinatown (1974), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Star Trek: Generations (1994). He was married to Jan Murray and Suzanne L. Heltzel. He died on March 13, 2001 in Beverly Hills, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Chinatown Cinematographer
Star Trek: Generations Cinematographer
Vanishing Point Cinematographer


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 2002 Deuces Wild (director of photography)
 2000 The Prime Gig
 2000 Fail Safe (TV Movie) (as John Alonzo)
 2000 The Dancing Cow (Short)
 1999 Lansky (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1998 Letters from a Killer (director of photography)
 1995 The Grass Harp (director of photography)
 1994 World War II: When Lions Roared (TV Mini Series)
 1994 Clifford (director of photography)
 1993 The Meteor Man (director of photography)
 1992 Cool World (director of photography)
 1992 HouseSitter (director of photography)
 1990 Navy Seals (director of photography)
 1990 The Guardian (director of photography)
 1990 Internal Affairs (director of photography)
 1989 Steel Magnolias (director of photography)
 1989 Physical Evidence (director of photography)
 1988 Roots: The Gift (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1988 Knightwatch (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1987 Overboard (director of photography)
 1987 Real Men (director of photography)
 1986 Nothing in Common (director of photography)
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1985 Beyond Reason (director of photography)
 1984/I Runaway (director of photography)
 1984 Terror in the Aisles (Documentary)
 1983 Scarface (director of photography)
 1983 Cross Creek (director of photography)
 1983 Blue Thunder (director of photography - as John A Alonzo)
 1982 The Kid from Nowhere (TV Movie)
 1981 Zorro: The Gay Blade (director of photography)
 1981 Back Roads (director of photography)
 1980 Blinded by the Light (TV Movie) (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1980 Belle Starr (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1980 Tom Horn (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1979 Portrait of a Stripper (TV Movie)
 1979 Norma Rae (director of photography)
 1979 Champions: A Love Story (TV Movie)
 1978 The Cheap Detective (director of photography)
 1978 Casey's Shadow (director of photography)
 1977 Which Way Is Up? (director of photography)
 1977 Black Sunday (director of photography)
 1976 Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1976 The Bad News Bears (director of photography)
 1976 I Will... I Will... For Now (director of photography)
 1975 Farewell, My Lovely (director of photography)
 1975 Once Is Not Enough (director of photography)
 1975 The Fortune (director of photography)
 1974 Chinatown (director of photography)
 1974 Conrack (director of photography)
 1973 Hit! (director of photography)
 1973 The Naked Ape (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1973 Wattstax (Documentary) (director of photography: concert)
 1973 Voyage of the Yes (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1972 Pete 'n' Tillie (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1972 Lady Sings the Blues (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1972 Visions... (TV Movie)
 1972 Sounder (director of photography)
 1972 Another Nice Mess (director of photography)
 1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1972 Hollywood: The Dream Factory (TV Movie documentary)
 1971 Harold and Maude (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1971 Revenge! (TV Movie)
 1971 Cannon (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1971 Vanishing Point (director of photography)
 1970 Bloody Mama (director of photography - as John Alonzo)
 1969/I The Moviemakers (Documentary short) (as John Alonzo)
 1969 The World of Peggy Lee (TV Movie)
 1967-1969 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (4 episodes)
- Winged World (1967)
- Grizzly! (1967)
 1968 San Sebastian 1746 in 1968 (Short documentary) (as John Alonzo)
 1968 The World of Animals: Big Cats, Little Cats (TV Movie documentary)
 1968 Sophia: A Self-Portrait (TV Movie documentary)
 1968 The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1968 The World of Animals: The World of Horses (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 The Big Land (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 A Nation of Immigrants (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 Do Blonds Have More Fun? (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 The World of Animals: It's a Dog's World (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Revolution in Our Time (TV Movie documentary)
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Alternate Names:

John Alonso | John Alonza | John A Alonzo | John Alonzo


Suzanne L. Heltzel  (divorced)  (3 children) | See more »

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He contributed with three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Sounder (1972), Chinatown (1974) and Norma Rae (1979). See more »


Frequently worked with Martin Ritt.

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