William A. Fraker

William A. Fraker

Highest Rated: 98% Bullitt (1968)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

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

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
13% 31% Waking Up in Reno Director of Photography $261.6K 2002
13% 14% Town & Country Director of Photography $6.7M 2001
37% 55% Rules of Engagement Cinematographer $61.3M 2000
No Score Yet 66% There Goes My Baby Cinematographer $84.1K 1994
74% 94% Tombstone Cinematographer $55.9M 1993
95% 85% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography Unknown (Character) - 1993
64% 35% Honeymoon in Vegas Cinematographer $33.5M 1992
94% 61% The Freshman Cinematographer $20.7M 1990
38% 47% An Innocent Man Cinematographer $20.0M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: The Dancer's Touch Director - 1989
68% 62% Baby Boom Cinematographer $25.4M 1987
27% 39% Burglar Cinematographer $15.2M 1987
42% 50% SpaceCamp Cinematographer $9.1M 1986
57% 46% Irreconcilable Differences Cinematographer - 1984
93% 76% WarGames Cinematographer - 1983
No Score Yet 38% The Legend of the Lone Ranger Director - 1981
42% 48% 1941 Cinematographer - 1979
89% 68% Heaven Can Wait Cinematographer - 1978
94% 85% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Cinematographer $3.1M 1977
62% 74% Looking for Mr. Goodbar Cinematographer - 1977
0% 43% Gator Cinematographer - 1976
No Score Yet 79% Coonskin Cinematographer - 1975
No Score Yet 50% A Reflection of Fear Director - 1973
No Score Yet 73% Dusty and Sweets McGee The Cellist (Character) - 1971
89% 65% Monte Walsh Director - 1970
27% 68% Paint Your Wagon Cinematographer - 1969
98% 85% Bullitt Cinematographer - 1968
96% 87% Rosemary's Baby Cinematographer - 1968
71% 51% Incubus Cinematographer - 1966