George J. Folsey

George J. Folsey ( born July 2, 1898 in New York City; † November 1, 1988 in Santa Monica ) was an American cinematographer.


Folsey began his career in 1913 as an errand boy at the Jesse L. Lasky, co-founded by Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company in New York City. Only a few months later, he was a camera assistant in a silent film production at Henry Lyman Broening. In 1919 he has worked as a second cameraman in film production in His Bridal Night by film director Kenneth S. Webb, which he was filming at the end after the departure of Jacques Montéran alone. The actress Alice Brady was fascinated by his work and booked him as a cameraman for their next production.

Folsey was responsible for the image in 168 film productions from 1919 to 1976. From 1956 to 1957 he was the president of the American Society of Cinematographers.

For his work he has been nominated a total of 13 times for an Oscar, but he never could win.

His son George Folsey Jr. is today a well-known film producer and editor.

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