William A. Fraker
William Ashman Fraker
September 29, 1923
|Died||May 31, 2010 (aged 86)|
Los Angeles, California
|Board member of||A.S.C. President (1979–1980), (1984), (1991–1992)|
William Ashman Fraker, A.S.C., B.S.C. (September 29, 1923 – May 31, 2010) was an American cinematographer, film director and producer. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In 2000, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) honoring his career. Fraker graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1950.
Fraker was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of a Hollywood studio photographer. His mother was a native of Mexico who had fled the Mexican Revolution with her family. Fraker's parents died during his childhood and he was subsequently raised by his Mexican grandmother, who instructed him in photography like she had with his father before him. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II and attended USC under the G.I. Bill, graduating with a degree in Cinema. He was admitted into the camera union in 1954 and subsequently spent years working in television before breaking into the film industry.
As cinematographer, his films include The President's Analyst (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Bullitt (1968), Paint Your Wagon (1969), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Coonskin (1975), Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Heaven Can Wait (1978), 1941 (1979), WarGames (1983), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Murphy's Romance (1985), Tombstone (1993), and Street Fighter (1994).
He directed three theatrical films – Monte Walsh (1970), A Reflection of Fear (1971) and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) – as well as episodes of several television series.
Fraker died on May 31, 2010 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. He was 86. He is survived by his wife Denise. He was predeceased in 1992 by son William A. Fraker Jr., an assistant cameraman.
American Society of Cinematographers
National Society of Film Critics
|The President's Analyst||Theodore J. Flicker|
|The Fox||Mark Rydell|
|1968||Rosemary's Baby||Roman Polanski|
|Bullitt||Peter Yates||Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography |
Nominated- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
|1969||Paint Your Wagon||Joshua Logan|
|1971||Dusty and Sweets McGee||Floyd Mutrux|
|1973||The Day of the Dolphin||Mike Nichols|
|1975||Rancho Deluxe||Frank Perry|
|Aloha, Bobby and Rose||Floyd Mutrux|
|The Killer Inside Me||Burt Kennedy|
|1977||Exorcist II: The Heretic||John Boorman|
|Looking for Mr. Goodbar||Richard Brooks||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1978||American Hot Wax||Floyd Mutrux|
|Heaven Can Wait|| Warren Beatty |
|Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|1979||Old Boyfriends||Joan Tewkesbury|
|1941||Steven Spielberg||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography |
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
|1980||The Hollywood Knights||Floyd Mutrux|
|1981||Sharky's Machine||Burt Reynolds|
|1981||Inchon||Terence Young||Opening sequence only|
|1982||Hey Good Lookin'||Ralph Bakshi||Uncredited|
|The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Colin Higgins|
|1983||WarGames||John Badham||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography |
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects
|1984||Irreconcilable Differences||Charles Shyer|
|1985||Fever Pitch||Richard Brooks|
|Murphy's Romance||Martin Ritt||Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
|Baby Boom||Charles Shyer|
|1989||Chances Are||Emile Ardolino|
|An Innocent Man||Peter Yates|
|1990||The Freshman||Andrew Bergman|
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||John Carpenter|
|Honeymoon in Vegas||Andrew Bergman|
|1993||Tombstone||George P. Cosmatos|
|1994||There Goes My Baby||Floyd Mutrux|
|Street Fighter||Steven E. de Souza|
|1995||Father of the Bride Part II||Charles Shyer|
|1996||The Island of Dr. Moreau||John Frankenheimer|
|1997||Vegas Vacation||Stephen Kessler|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||William Friedkin||With Nicola Pecorini|
|2001||Town & Country||Peter Chelsom|
|2002||Waking Up in Reno||Jordan Brady|
|1975||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Miloš Forman|| Haskell Wexler |
|1977||Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Steven Spielberg||Vilmos Zsigmond|
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