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Overview (3)

Born in London, England, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (natural causes)
Birth NameFrederick Archibald Young

Mini Bio (2)

Cinematographer with a long and distinguished career crowned with Oscars for three consecutive films directed by David Lean between 1962-1970. Awarded OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1970.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Allen Dace <a.w.dace@itdd.maff.gov.uk>

Freddie Young was one of the great cinematographers who won Oscars for his collaborations with David Lean on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Ryan's Daughter (1970). He was the first English director of photography to shoot a movie in the wide-screen CinemaScope, a process which he mastered, which is evident from his work with Lean.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Joan Morduch (1964 - 1 December 1998) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Marjorie Gaffney (1927 - 26 July 1963) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (5)

Young and Gaffney adopted two children, their son and daughter; Young and Morduch had a son.
Invented the process of pre-exposing colour film (pre-fogging) to mute the colours. This was first used on The Deadly Affair (1967).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1970 Queen's Honours List for his services to film.
One of a eight children of an impoverished family. He was forced to leave school at the age of 14 to work in a munitions factory, making hand grenades.
His first film work was as a lab assistant at Gaumont Studios. He eventually became lab manager. When Gaumont closed down, he joined British & Dominions. During World War II he made training films and documentaries for the Army Film Unit. At his peak he was head cinematographer of MGM's British section. His best work was for director David Lean.

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