Robert Paynter (I) (1928–2010)

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Robert Paynter was born on March 12, 1928 in South London, England as Robert William Paynter. He is known for his work on Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Superman III (1983) and Superman II (1980). He was married to Marjorie Mona Paynter. He died on October 20, 2010 in Isle of Wight, England. See full bio »

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Little Shop of Horrors Cinematographer
Superman III Cinematographer
Superman II Cinematographer
Trading Places Cinematographer


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 2003 Michael Jackson: Number Ones (Video documentary) (video "Thriller")
 1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (Video) (segment "Thriller")
 1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (Video) (segment "Thriller")
 1991 Jésus était son nom (TV Movie)
 1991 Paul McCartney's Get Back (Documentary)
 1991 Rock-A-Doodle (live action segments)
 1987 The Secret Garden (TV Movie)
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors (director of photography)
 1985 Spies Like Us (director of photography)
 1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation (director of photography - as Bob Paynter)
 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan (director of photography)
 1983 Michael Jackson: Thriller (Video short) (director of photography)
 1983 Superman III (director of photography)
 1983 Trading Places (director of photography)
 1983 Curtains (director of photography)
 1981 An American Werewolf in London (director of photography)
 1980 Superman II (as Bob Paynter)
 1979 Firepower
 1978 The Big Sleep (director of photography)
 1976 High Velocity
  The Zoo Gang (TV Series) (1 episode, 1974) (director of photography - 5 episodes, 1974)
- The Twisted Cross (1974) ... (director of photography)
- The Counterfeit Trap (1974) ... (director of photography)
- The Lion Hunt (1974) ... (director of photography)
- African Misfire (1974) ... (director of photography)
- Mindless Murder (1974)
 1973 Scorpio (director of photography)
 1972 The Mechanic (European sequences)
 1972 Chato's Land (director of photography)
 1971 The Nightcomers (director of photography)
 1971 Lawman (director of photography)
 1970 The Games (director of photography)
 1969 Hannibal Brooks (director of photography)
 1966 Soldier '67 (Short)
 1965 The Linesmen (Documentary short) (as Bob Paynter)
 1965 The More Man Understands (Documentary short)
 1965 The Time Between (Documentary short)
 1965 Under the Wires (Documentary short)
 1956 A Day of One's Own (Short)
 1956 Any Man's Kingdom (Documentary short)
 1956 The Land of Robert Burns (Documentary short)
 1955 Capital Visit (Short)
 1955 Cine Gazette No. 14: Do You Remember? (Documentary short)
 1955 Snowdrift at Bleath Gill (Documentary short) (photography)
 1955 Yorkshire Sands (Documentary short) (photography)
 1954 East Anglian Holiday (Short)
 1954 Elizabethan Express (Documentary short) (photography)
 1954 The Heart of England (Documentary short)
 1953 The Elephant Will Never Forget (Documentary short) (director of photography)
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Worked with director John Landis on five films from 1981 through 1985, including the highly influential An American Werewolf in London (1981). Their collaboration on the Michael Jackson music video "Thriller" also was highly influential in helping create a "pop" comic book-style that Paynter first pioneered with director Richard Lester on Superman II (1980). See more »

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