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John A. Alonzo

Highest Rated: 99% Chinatown (1974)

Lowest Rated: 3% Deuces Wild (2002)

Birthday: Jun 12, 1934

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

A versatile cinematographer, native Texan John A Alonzo began his career at a Dallas television station where he created the character of Senor Turtle for a local children's show. When he brought the tortoise to Hollywood, he found the West Coast inimical to the program and fell back on acting after its cancellation. Although he appeared in "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) and had bigger roles in lesser films like "The Long Rope" (1961) and "Terror at Black Falls" (1962), Alonzo soon found his acting taking a back seat to the still photography that was paying the bills in between parts. He began to devote himself to the study of cinematography, favoring the work of such standards of excellence as Walter Strenge, Floyd Crosby, Winton Hoch and James Wong Howe. In fact, it was Howe who gave him his big break as a camera operator on John Frankenheimer's "Seconds" (1966) as well as sponsoring him for union membership (seconded by Frankenheimer). In short order, Alonzo got his first job as director of photography on Roger Corman's "Bloody Mama" (1970).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
3% 51% Deuces Wild Cinematographer $6M 2002
50% 56% The Grass Harp Cinematographer $511.6K 1995
48% 57% Star Trek Generations Cinematographer $74.6M 1994
13% 67% Clifford Cinematographer $6.5M 1994
6% 31% Cool World Cinematographer $13.7M 1992
30% 32% The Guardian Cinematographer $16.1M 1990
88% 59% Internal Affairs Cinematographer $25.8M 1990
19% 42% Navy SEALS Cinematographer $24.7M 1990
68% 89% Steel Magnolias Director of Photography $79.4M 1989
22% 12% Physical Evidence Cinematographer $3.5M 1989
44% 74% Overboard Director of Photography $23.9M 1987
47% 32% Runaway Cinematographer - 1984
82% 93% Scarface Cinematographer $656.2K 1983
40% 35% Back Roads Cinematographer - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Belle Starr Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blinded by the Light Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Champions: A Love Story Director - 1979
89% 79% Norma Rae Cinematographer - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of a Stripper Director - 1979
20% 62% FM Director - 1978
97% 80% The Bad News Bears Cinematographer - 1976
No Score Yet 6% Once Is Not Enough Cinematographer - 1975
17% 36% The Fortune Cinematographer - 1975
76% 73% Farewell, My Lovely Cinematographer - 1975
99% 93% Chinatown Cinematographer - 1974
86% 89% Wattstax Cinematographer - 1973
69% 87% Lady Sings the Blues Cinematographer - 1972
85% 93% Harold and Maude Cinematographer - 1971
79% 81% Vanishing Point Cinematographer - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror at Black Falls Carlos Avila (Character) - 1962

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Guard (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Carlos Escheveria (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet 94% The Twilight Zone Luís Gallegos (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Bellboy (Guest Star) 1959

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