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      William A. Fraker

      William A. Fraker

      Highest Rated: 100% Divine Madness (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Waking Up in Reno (2002)

      Birthday: Sep 29, 1923

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      An elder statesman of cinematography traditionally trained in the old style of the Hollywood cameraman, William A Fraker successfully bridged the gap to the newer freedoms and technological innovations of modern cinema, all the while actively campaigning to enhance the status of the director of photography within the industry power structure. His maternal grandmother, father and uncle had all worked as still photographers within the studio system, and he resolved at an early age to be a cameraman. After attending the University of Southern California's film school on the GI Bill and finding himself frozen out of The Camera Guild, Fraker scraped by as an editor at various television production companies and took non-union camera jobs shooting inserts and stock footage. He finally began as a loader in 1954 on the ABC series "The Lone Ranger" and subsequently spent over seven years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (ABC), rising from second assistant to operator during that time. He has often expressed his appreciation for director-star Ozzie Nelson: "If there's any success I've achieved or will achieve, I attribute the major portion of it to Ozzie."

      Highest rated movies

      Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

      Photos

      DUSTY AND SWEETS MCGEE, William A. Fraker, 1971

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      11% 31% Waking Up in Reno Cinematographer $261.6K 2002
      13% 14% Town & Country Cinematographer $6.7M 2001
      37% 55% Rules of Engagement Cinematographer $61.3M 2000
      22% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Cinematographer $27.7M 1996
      No Score Yet 66% There Goes My Baby Cinematographer $84.1K 1994
      73% 94% Tombstone Cinematographer $55.9M 1993
      95% 85% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography Unknown (Character) - 1993
      26% 32% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Cinematographer $13.4M 1992
      64% 36% Honeymoon in Vegas Cinematographer $33.5M 1992
      94% 61% The Freshman Cinematographer $20.7M 1990
      44% 47% An Innocent Man Cinematographer $20.0M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: The Dancer's Touch Director - 1989
      67% 62% Baby Boom Cinematographer $25.4M 1987
      27% 38% Burglar Cinematographer $15.2M 1987
      46% 50% SpaceCamp Cinematographer $9.1M 1986
      60% 47% Irreconcilable Differences Cinematographer - 1984
      94% 76% WarGames Cinematographer - 1983
      No Score Yet 40% The Legend of the Lone Ranger Director - 1981
      100% 90% Divine Madness Cinematographer - 1980
      38% 49% 1941 Cinematographer - 1979
      86% 69% Heaven Can Wait Cinematographer - 1978
      67% 85% American Hot Wax Cinematographer - 1978
      94% 85% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Cinematographer $3.1M 1977
      61% 74% Looking for Mr. Goodbar Cinematographer - 1977
      25% 44% Gator Cinematographer - 1976
      73% 40% Rancho Deluxe Cinematographer - 1975
      No Score Yet 80% Coonskin Cinematographer - 1975
      No Score Yet 40% A Reflection of Fear Director - 1973
      No Score Yet 71% Dusty and Sweets McGee The Cellist (Character) - 1971
      89% 65% Monte Walsh Director - 1970
      37% 68% Paint Your Wagon Cinematographer - 1969
      98% 85% Bullitt Cinematographer - 1968
      96% 87% Rosemary's Baby Cinematographer - 1968
      63% 51% Incubus Cinematographer - 1966