Charles Lang
Charles Lang and Marlon Brando (1961)
Charles Bryant Lang Jr.

(1902-03-27)March 27, 1902
DiedApril 3, 1998(1998-04-03) (aged 96)
Years active19261973
SpouseHylah Lang (1925–1982, her death)
RelativesKatherine Kelly Lang (granddaughter)

Charles Bryant Lang Jr., A.S.C. (March 27, 1902 – April 3, 1998)[1] was an American cinematographer.


Early in his career, he worked with the Akeley camera, a gyroscope-mounted "pancake" camera designed by Carl Akeley for outdoor action shots.[1] Lang's first credits were as co-cinematographer on the silent films The Night Patrol (1926) and The Loves of Ricardo (1927).[1]

After completing Tom Sawyer for Paramount Pictures in 1930, he continued working at the studio for more than twenty years. The style of lighting he introduced in A Farewell to Arms became heavily identified with all of Paramount's films during the 1930s and 1940s,[1] though he occasionally worked for other studios, for instance on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947).[citation needed][2]

In 1951, he began the second phase of his career, this time as a free-lance cinematographer.[1] His credits include The Big Heat (1953) with Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin, Sabrina (1954) with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, The Matchmaker (1958), Some Like It Hot (1959) with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon, The Magnificent Seven (1960) with Steve McQueen, One-Eyed Jacks (1961) with Marlon Brando, How the West Was Won (1962) in Cinerama, Charade (1963) with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), and Butterflies Are Free (1972).

Lang received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 1991, for a career which included at least 114 feature films.[1]

Academy Awards

Lang won an Oscar the second time he was nominated, early in his career; he received a total of 18 nominations, tying with Leon Shamroy for the most Academy Award for Best Cinematography nominations.



Lang also received Oscar nominations for the following films:[4]

Personal life

His father, Charles B. Lang Sr., was a photographer and explorer of cliff ruins in Utah and the southwestern U.S.

Lang died of pneumonia.[6] One of Lang's granddaughters is actress Katherine Kelly Lang, who is best known for her role as Brooke Logan Forrester on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Her mother is Lang's daughter, actress Judy Lang.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f In Memoriam Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine from the American Society of Cinematographers website
  2. ^ Carolyn Hart Bennett. "Cinematographers & Directors of Photography". LDS Film - Latter-day Saints filmmakers. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. ^ Received award at the 6th Academy Awards in 1934
  4. ^ Charles Lang at IMDb
  5. ^ Nominated at the 36th Academy Awards in 1964
  6. ^ OLIVER, MYRNA (21 April 1998). "Charles Lang; Won Oscar for 'A Farewell to Arms'". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Katherine Kelly Lang biography Archived 2007-08-24 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed January 1, 2016.