Lester Shorr

Director of photography, Camera operator, Assistant cameraman
Shorr began his entertainment career during the silent film era but gained acclaim for his TV work, winning the first Emmy for cinematography in 1954. Shorr worked as director of photography for such TV series as ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1907 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (12)

Take Five 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Almost Heaven 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Blansky's Beauties 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Wednesday Night Out 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Beverly Hillbillies 1962 - 1971 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Take the Money and Run 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The McMasters 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Arizona Bushwhackers 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Brady Brides (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Brady Girls Get Married (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Biography

Shorr began his entertainment career during the silent film era but gained acclaim for his TV work, winning the first Emmy for cinematography in 1954. Shorr worked as director of photography for such TV series as "Bonanza", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "General Electric Theater", "Ford Star Jubilee", "Union Pacific", "The Rosemary Clooney Show", "Pete and Gladys", "The Beverly Hillbillies", "The Odd Couple" and "Eight is Enough." He also lensed the final gasps of "The Brady Bunch" TV franchise on "The Brady Girls Get Married" and "The Brady Brides". More importantly, Shorr helped pioneer the multiple-camera techniques that are now standard in TV cinematography.

Shorr's feature films were generally low budget genre programmers with titles like "Three Bad Sisters" (1955), "Running Target" (1956), "The Peacemaker" (1956), "Hot Rod Rumble" (1957), "The Quick Gun" (1964), "Ride Beyond Vengeance" (1966) and "The McMasters" (1970). His more illustrious feature credits include the live-action sequences of Chuck Jones and Abe Levitow's "The Phantom Tollbooth" and Woody Allen's feature directorial debut, "Take the Money and Run" (1969).

Relationships

Rosalind Shorr

Wife
survived him

Milestones

1968

Worked as director of photography for "Take the Money and Run", writer-director-star Woody Allen's feature directorial debut

1955

Became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers

1953

Became a director of photography for "The Ray Bolger Show"

1939

Became a camera operator

1926

Began working as an assistant cameraman

Served as a combat photographer for the US Signal Corps during World War II

Helped pioneer the techniques of multiple-camera filmed TV cinematography

Worked for many years as a camera operator for Columbia Pictures

Starting working in feature films during the silent era

Bonus Trivia

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Shorr served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (one term)

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He was a board of governors member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

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