Russell Metty

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Russell Metty, A.S.C.
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Born (1906-09-20)September 20, 1906
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died April 28, 1978(1978-04-28) (aged 71)
Canoga Park, California, U.S.
Occupation Cinematographer

Russell Metty, A.S.C. (September 20, 1906 – April 28, 1978) was an American cinematographer[1][2] who won the Academy Award Best Cinematography, Color, for the 1960 film Spartacus.[citation needed]


Metty's career began around 1925 as an assistant with Standard Film Laboratory, who was then was hired by Paramount Pictures working in the camera department. He left for RKO in 1929.[3] He became a regular cameraman at Universal Studios, and was a regular collaborator with the German film director Douglas Sirk, making eleven films all together with Sirk.


With Ann Blyth on the set of A Woman's Vengeance (1948)


Director Stanley Kubrick looking through camera with cinematographer Russell Metty (in hat) standing behind, on set for Spartacus (1960).




  1. "Russell Metty". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to World Film, since 1885. 2008. Index home page.
  3. Steeman, Albert. Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, "Russell Metty page", Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007. Last accessed: December 19, 2007.
  4. Steeman, Albert. Ibid.

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