Joseph Biroc

Director of photography
Biroc worked his way up from studio office boy to become an assistant to cinematographer George Folsey and co-photographed his first feature, "It's a Wonderful Life", in 1946. He often collaborated with Samuel Fuller ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1903 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (109)

Time Out For Dad 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Photography

Outrage! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

All the Marbles 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Gambler 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

SST -- Death Flight 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Honky Tonk 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Wonder Woman 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Playmates 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Shanks 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Cahill, United States Marshal 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Ulzana's Raid 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mrs. Pollifax - Spy 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Grissom Gang 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Organization 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lady in Cement 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Detective 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Killing of Sister George 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fitzwilly 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tony Rome 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Swinger 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Warning Shot 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Who's Minding the Mint? 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Saw What You Did 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Flight of the Phoenix 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Viva Las Vegas 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gunfight at Comanche Creek 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kitten With a Whip 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ride the Wild Surf 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Young Lovers 1963 (Movie)

(Photography)

Toys in the Attic 1963 (Movie)

(Photography)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Convicts Four 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hitler 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Operation Eichmann 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sail a Crooked Ship 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Devil at 4 O'Clock 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

13 Ghosts 1960 (Movie)

(Photography)

Gold of the Seven Saints 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ice Palace 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Born Reckless 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Home Before Dark 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bat 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Verboten! 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

China Gate 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Forty Guns 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Run of the Arrow 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Amazing Colossal Man 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Ride Back 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tension at Table Rock 1956 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Garment Jungle 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Down Three Dark Streets 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

World For Ransom 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Appointment in Honduras 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Donovan's Brain 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Glass Wall 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Red Planet Mars 1952 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Vice Squad 1952 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Without Warning 1952 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

My Dear Secretary 1948 (Movie)

(Photography)

It's a Wonderful Life 1946 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Death in California (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Family Upside Down (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Winner Never Quits (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Bullet for a Badman (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Bwana Devil (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Cry Danger (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Father of Hell Town (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Gidget Gets Married (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Honky Tonk (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Johnny Allegro (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Little Women (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Magic Town (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Mrs. Mike (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Nightmare (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Playmates (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Roughshod (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Scruples (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Animal Kingdom (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Black Whip (TV Show)

Cinematographer

The Clone Master (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Crooked Hearts (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Jerk, Too (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Killer That Stalked New York (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Twonky (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Washington: Behind Closed Doors (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (1)

Biography

Biroc worked his way up from studio office boy to become an assistant to cinematographer George Folsey and co-photographed his first feature, "It's a Wonderful Life", in 1946. He often collaborated with Samuel Fuller and Robert Aldrich and did extensive work in TV. Biroc photographed one of the first TV programs to shoot on film, rather than using the kinescope process--1951's "The Honeymoon Is Over"--and won an Emmy for "Brian's Song" (1971). Three years later, he shared an Oscar for Irwin Allen's disaster film "The Towering Inferno" (1974). In 1989, Biroc was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Relationships

Agnes Cronmeyer

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

Emerson High School

Union City , New Jersey

Milestones

1952

Photographed first 3-D film, "Bwana Devil"

1951

Photographed one of the first TV series shot on film, as opposed to kinescope, "The Honeymoon Is Over"

1946

First feature as co-director of photography, "It's A Wonderful Life" with Joseph Walker

1946

Solo debut as director of photography, "Magic Town"

1927

Moved to Hollywood; worked at United Artists

1924

Became assistant cameraman for cinematographer George Folsey at Long Island Studios

1918

Entered industry as an office boy at Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, NJ

Served as captain in the US Army Signal Corps during WWII where he was one of the first Americans to photograph the liberation of Paris

Bonus Trivia

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Was nominated for an Oscar for "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"

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