Billy Williams

Director of photography
Cinematographer who established himself in the 1960s with his work on two Ken Russell films, "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967) and "Women in Love" (1969). Outstanding credits include his understated photography on John ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1929 in Walthamstow, England, GB

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (40)

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Driftwood 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Shadow of the Wolf 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Diamond's Edge 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stella 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Manhattan Project 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dreamchild 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eleni 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ordeal By Innocence 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Survivors 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

On Golden Pond 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Saturn 3 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Boardwalk 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Going in Style 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eagle's Wing 1977 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Silent Partner 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Devil's Advocate 1976 (Movie)

(Camera)

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Wind and the Lion 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Night Watch 1973 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

(Iraq Sequence) (Director of Photography)

Kid Blue 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

X Y & Zee 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tam Lin 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mind of Mr. Soames 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Two Gentlemen Sharing 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Magus 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Billion Dollar Brain 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Devil's Advocate (TV Show)

Cinematographer

The Glass Menagerie (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (6)

Keep On Keepin' On 2014 (Movie)

Justin Kauflin Trio (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Game 1990 (Movie)

Vail Yearwood (Actor)

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

Dr Alan Alpert (Actor)
Music (4)

Dr. T And The Women 2000 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

("I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter") (Song Performer)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

("I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write a Letter") (Song Performer)

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

song producer("Straighten Up and Fly Right") (Song)
Editor (2)

Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Editor

Voyage of the Rock Aliens 1985 (Movie)

("When the Rain Begins to Fall") (Editor)
Sound (1)

American Pie Presents Beta House 2006 (Movie)

Dialogue Editor (ADR/Dialogue Editor)
Production Management (1)

Pacino Is Missing 1997 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)

Biography

Cinematographer who established himself in the 1960s with his work on two Ken Russell films, "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967) and "Women in Love" (1969). Outstanding credits include his understated photography on John Schlesinger's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1971), his sweeping panoramic views in "The Wind and the Lion" (1974), his autumnal work on Mark Rydell's "On Golden Pond" (1981) and the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982). He is the son of British director of photography Billie Williams.

Relationships

Billie Williams

Father

Milestones

1981

Shot "On Golden Pond" starrig Hepburn and Henry Fonda

1973

First US film, "Kid Blue"

1973

Photographed US TV-movie "The Glass Menagerie" which also marked the TV acting debut of Katharine Hepburn

1966

First film as director of photography, "San Ferry Ann"

Began career as assitant to father, then worked on documentaries and commercials before entering features

Bonus Trivia

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Williams served as president of the British Society of Cinematographers.

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"I think that I had a certain sense of adventure about my work, I didn't feel restricted about the way things had been done by my predecessors, who were studio cinematographers with many years of experience working on sets. . . . I didn't feel myself restricted by too many conventions. I was prepared to have a go. And that's where commercials were invaluable because I had done a lot of fooling around and practicing, if you like, there. So when I came on to features I was quite well prepared technically but not in a conventional sense."--Williams quoted in "Masters of Light: Conversations With Contemporary Photographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (CA: University of California Press, 1984)

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In addition to "Gandhi" (for which he won an Oscar), Williams was also nominated for Best Cinematography Oscars in 1970 for "Women in Love" and 1981 for "On Golden Pond".

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