Cinematographer Leon Shamroy compiled an extraordinary if not unique record in winning four Academy Awards and 18 Oscar nominations in addition to a vast assortment of other recognitions. He was early associated with the revered travelogue producer Robert J. Flaherty, and spent two years roaming the Far East as cameraman for the Huntingdon Ethnological Expedition. He was deeply concerned with expanding the capacities of the motion picture camera, photographing The Robe, the first CinemaScope film, and was particularly interested in the adventurous use of color. Shamroy was a chairman of the Research Council of the American Society of Cinematographers. He won Academy Awards for Cleopatra, Leave Her To Heaven, Wilson and The Black Swan.[1] Shamroy was widely acclaimed for his stunning contribution to Planet of the Apes, his 60th picture since joining 20th Century Fox in 1938.[2]


  • Apes star Charlton Heston noted, in March 1967, that Fox was assigning Shamroy as cameraman on the movie, a move he deemed to be an "error". He called his agent and "made loud noises about it." Heston later recanted: "I was wrong about Leon. Though he’d been very slow on 'Agony And The Ecstasy', taking much more than the camera's share of each working day, he shot 'Apes' with great creativity and efficiency."[3]

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