John Alonzo

Director of photography, Director, Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (64)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Prime Gig 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Lansky 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Clifford 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Meteor Man 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Internal Affairs 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Navy Seals 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Guardian 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Knightwatch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Physical Evidence 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Downtown 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Real Men 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Out of Control 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Runaway 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Terror in the Aisles 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blue Thunder 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cross Creek 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Zorro, The Gay Blade 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tom Horn 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Casey's Shadow 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Black Sunday 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Which Way Is Up? 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Beyond Reason 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bad News Bears 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Fortune 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Conrack 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Will... I Will... For Now 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hit! 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Visions... 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lady Sings the Blues 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pete 'n' Tillie 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sounder 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Naked Ape 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cannon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Vanishing Point 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bloody Mama 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Guess Who's Sleeping in My Bed? (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Letters From A Killer (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Revenge (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Roots: The Gift (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Kid From Nowhere (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Voyage of the Yes (TV Show)

Director of Photography

World War II: When Lions Roared (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Director (5)

Belle Starr 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

FM 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Blinded By the Light (TV Show)

Director

Champions: A Love Story (TV Show)

Director

Portrait of a Stripper (TV Show)

Director
Actor (3)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

Manuel (Actor)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Raymond Alonzo

Father
Mexican

Maria Alonzo

Mother
Mexican

Krista Haines

Daughter
married to John Haines survived him

Jan Murray

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

attended public schools in Dallas, Texas

Milestones

2001

Final screen credit, "Deuces Wild"; released posthumously

1999

Served as cinematographer on John McNaughton's "Lansky" (HBO); garnered Emmy nomination

1994

Shot "Star Trek: Generations"

1992

Was director of photography for Ralph Bakshi's mix of animation and live action, "Cool World"

1990

Served as cinematographer for Friedkin's "The Guardian"

1987

Collaborated again with Marshall on "Overboard"

1986

Initial collaboration with Garry Marshall, "Nothing in Common"; third and final teaming with Stark

1983

Reteamed with De Palma on the reamke of "Scarface"

1983

Seventh and last collaboration with Ritt, "Cross Creek"

1979

Reunited with Ritt for "Norma Rae"

1979

TV directing debut, "Champions: A Love Story" (CBS); also director of photography

1978

First collaboration with producer Ray Stark, "The Cheap Detective"

1978

Feature directorial debut, "FM"

1977

Was director of photography for Frankenheimer's "Black Sunday"

1977

Photographed parts of Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (credited as additional director of photography)

1974

Received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Roman Polanski's "Chinatown"; replaced Stanley Cortez on film

1974

Reteamed with Ritt for "Conrack"

1972

First collaborations with director Martin Ritt, "Sounder" and "Pete 'n' Tillie"

1972

Shot Brian De Palma's "Get to Know Your Rabbit"

1970

Initial TV-movie as director of photography, "Revenge" (ABC)

1970

Reunited with Sarafian, this time serving as director of photography on "Vanishing Point"

1969

First feature as director of photography, "Bloody Mama"

1966

Filled in as a camera operator for cinematographer James Wong Howe on John Frankenheimer's "Seconds" and impressed Howe and Frankenheimer so much that they sponsored him for union membership

1962

Acted in Richard Sarafian's "Terror at Black Falls"

1960

Appeared in "The Magnificent Seven"

1956

Moved to Los Angeles to host a children's show on local KHJ-TV, featuring Senor Turtle, a character he had created for a Dallas show

Turned to acting after cancellation of show and earned extra money doing publicity stills as a photographer

Worked for David Wolper Productions on William Friedkin-directed documentaries "Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon" (1965) and "The Thin Blue Line" (1966)

Worked as camera operator and director at WFAA-TV (Dallas) in the eraly 1950s

Served as cameraman on short films by independent filmmakers such as Bruce Curtis and Robert Clause

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