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William A. Fraker

  • Highest Rated: 95% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1993)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
  • Birthday: Sep 29, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A product of the USC film school, William A. Fraker moved up the Hollywood professional ladder as still photographer, film editor, cameraman's assistant and camera operator. Fraker's first director of photography credit appeared on a 1962 documentary. He went on to lens the weekly TV series Daktari, then graduated to feature-film cinematographer with 1967's The Games. He received Academy Award nominations for his work on Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Heaven Can Wait (1978), WarGames (1983) and Murphy's Romance (1985). While photographing the 1969 musical Paint Your Wagon, Fraker befriended star Lee Marvin, who cleared the path for Fraker's directorial debut, Monte Walsh (1970). He subsequently directed only two features -- the interesting A Reflection of Fear (1973) and the atrocious Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) -- and a 2-hour installment of TV's B. L. Stryker. Fraker's later cinematography credits include the TV series Frank's Place (1987-88) and the multi-star theatrical western Tombstone (1993). He made his first (and last) acting appearance as himself in Irreconcilable Differences (1983). William A. Fraker was a past president of the American Society of Cinematographers.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Old School New School Actor 2011
No Score Yet Cinematographer Style Actor 2006
No Score Yet Go West, Young Man! Actor 2003
95% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography Actor 1993
57% Irreconcilable Differences Cinematographer Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet The Legend of the Lone Ranger Director 1981
No Score Yet A Reflection of Fear Director 1973
No Score Yet Dusty and Sweets McGee The Cellist 1971
88% Monte Walsh Director 1970

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
Director
  • 1993
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Director
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988

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