Sunday, June 6, 2010

Paint Your Wagon

Talented cinematographer William A. Fraker has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 86. Fraker passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday May 31, 2010. Fraker was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the films including “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “1941,” “WarGames” and “Murphy’s Romance.” Fraker also earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the movie “1941.” American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) honored the great cinematographer with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2000.

William A. Fraker was the cinematographer of the 1969 movie “Paint Your Wagon,” which was directed by Joshua Logan and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Ray Waltson, Jean Seberg and Harve Presnell. Fraker other work as cinematographer include films such as “The President’s Analyst,” “Irreconcilable Differences,” “The Day of the Dolphin,” “Bullitt,” and “The Freshman.” Fraker was born on September 29, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. He served in the Navy during World War II and then he attended University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Fraker was the director of the movies including “Monte Walsh,” “A Reflection of Fear,” and “The Legend of the Lone Ranger.” William A. Fraker is survived by his wife named Denise. My condolences go out with the family and friends of William A. Fraker.

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