Joseph F. Biroc

Joseph F. Biroc

Joseph F. Biroc
Born Joseph Francis Biroc
(1903-02-12)February 12, 1903
New York City
Died September 7, 1996(1996-09-07) (aged 93)
Woodland Hills, California
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1927 – 1989

Joseph Francis Biroc, A.S.C. (February 12, 1903 – September 7, 1996) was an American Academy Award-winning cinematographer. He was born in New York City and began working in films at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After working there for approximately six years, he moved to Los Angeles. Once in Southern California, Biroc worked at the RKO Pictures movie studio. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and filmed the Liberation of Paris in August 1944. In 1950, Biroc left RKO Pictures and freelanced on projects at various studios. In addition to his film work, which included It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Biroc worked on various television series, including the Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman.

Biroc frequently collaborated with film director Robert Aldrich.

Partial filmography

Year Film Director Notes
1929 The Rescue Herbert Brenon
1946 It's a Wonderful Life Frank Capra
1948 On Our Merry Way Leslie Fenton
King Vidor
1950 The Killer That Stalked New York Earl McEvoy
1952 Without Warning! Arnold Laven
1953 The Glass Wall Maxwell Shane
1956 Attack Robert Aldrich
1960 13 Ghosts William Castle
1964 Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Robert Aldrich Nominated—Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Viva Las Vegas George Sidney
1965 The Flight of the Phoenix Robert Aldrich
1965 I Saw What You Did William Castle
1968 The Killing of Sister George Robert Aldrich
1968 The Detective Gordon Douglas
1970 Too Late the Hero Robert Aldrich
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Don Taylor
The Grissom Gang Robert Aldrich
1972 Ulzana's Raid
1974 Blazing Saddles Mel Brooks
The Towering Inferno John Guillermin Won-Academy Award for Best Cinematography shared with Fred J. Koenekamp
The Longest Yard Robert Aldrich
1974 Shanks William Castle
1975 Hustle Robert Aldrich
1977 The Choirboys
1980 Airplane! Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker

Other awards

External links

  • Biography/film work
  • Joseph Biroc papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences