Jordan Cronenweth

Director of photography
Jordan Cronenweth was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1978, yet though often fighting pain, he not only continued to work as one of Hollywood's premiere directors of photography into the 90s, but also did some of ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (29)

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Get Back 1991 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

State of Grace 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 (Movie)

(color) (Director of Photography)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stop Making Sense 1984 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Altered States 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Citizens Band 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rolling Thunder 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gable and Lombard 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Nickel Ride 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Birds of Prey 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Touch of Satan 1973 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Play It As It Lays 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Face to the Wind 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Brewster McCloud 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)

Trilogy 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Harper 1966 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

And I Alone Survived (TV Show)

Director of Photography

One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Transplant (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Other (1)

Get Back 1991 (Movie)

visual consultant (Consultant)

Biography

Jordan Cronenweth was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1978, yet though often fighting pain, he not only continued to work as one of Hollywood's premiere directors of photography into the 90s, but also did some of his most innovative work after the diagnosis. Cronenweth is best recalled for his hallucinogenic lighting of "Altered States" (1980), the luminous and yet at the same time neo-expressionistic lighting of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982), which won the Best Cinematography BAFTA Award, and Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986), which earned an Oscar nomination for his elegiac use of lighting that bespoke time, mood, place, and remembrance.

Cronenweth was the son of a studio still photographer and a Busby Berkeley dancer who began working as an assistant camera operator in the mid-60s, and learned his craft under the great Conrad L. Hall. He was the operator for "In Cold Blood" (1966), for which Hall received an Academy Award nomination. By 1970, Cronenweth was a DP in his own right, working for director Robert Altman on "Brewster McCloud". He did some very mainstream Hollywood films in the 70s, including the 1974 remake of "The Front Page" and "Gable and Lombard" (1976), but by the 80s was working on more cutting-edge material, often independents. Cronenweth was heralded for his work on such films as "Cutter's Way" (1981), which offered haunting yet subdued imagery, and shot the performance documentary "U2: Rattle and Hum" (1988). "Final Analysis" (1992) was Cronenweth's last feature film. Through the years, Cronenweth was also director of photography and/or director of more than 50 TV commercials, including the famous musical ads for Dr. Pepper in the 70s. Additionally, he worked occasionally in TV (e.g., "Birds of Prey", CBS 1973; "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story", CBS 1978).

Relationships

William Cronenweth

Father
Academy Award-winning still photographer

Shane Cronenweth

Wife
divorced

Rosita Cronenweth

Mother
appeared with the Busby Berkeley Dance Comapny survived him

Christie Cronenweth

Daughter
survived him

Jeff Cronenweth

Son
survived him

Timothy Cronenweth

Son
survived him

Carole Lieu

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California
dropped out after two years to pursue career

North Hollywood High School

North Hollywood , California

Milestones

1992

Final feature "Final Analysis"

1982

Breakthrough feature credit, "Blade Runner", directed by Ridley Scott; won BAFTA Award

1980

Shot "Altered States", directed by Ken Russell

1978

Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

1973

Was DP on first TV-movie, "Birds of Prey" (CBS)

1969

First film as director of photography, "Brewster McCloud"

1966

First film credits, as camera operator assistant to Hall on "Harper" and the Oscar-nominated "The Professionals"

Formed Cronenweth, Inc., a commercial production company

Briefly worked as an assistant cameraman in Oklahoma

While in college worked at Columbia Pictures during the summer as a runner in the lab

Served apprentice under cinematographer Conrad L Hall,

Bonus Trivia

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"OK. Here's Jordan. Jordan loved women, but his mistress was light." --commercial director Melvin Sokolsky in Daily Variety, February 21, 1997.

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