Joseph T. Rucker
Joseph Terrell Rucker

(1887-01-01)January 1, 1887
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
DiedOctober 21, 1957(1957-10-21) (aged 70)
San Francisco, California, USA
OccupationCinematographer, News Cameraman
Spouse(s)Cecile Kaufman (1915-October 21, 1957) (His death)
Children2 (Francis Joy and Joseph)

Joseph T. Rucker (January 1, 1887 – October 21, 1957) was an American cinematographer who won the Academy Award along with Willard Van der Veer at the 3rd Academy Awards in 1930 for Best Cinematography for the film With Byrd at the South Pole.[1][2] He and Van der Veer won their Oscars for camera work for Admiral Byrd's 1928 and 1930 expeditions to Antarctica. In the latter expedition, he and Van der Veer brought back over 160,000 feet of raw footage.[3]

He spent 40 years of his life as a news cameraman at Paramount News and at NBC.[4] In addition to the Byrd expeditions, he is remembered for filming the 1914 opening of the Panama Canal, the aftermath of the 1923 Tokyo earthquake, the 1927 Chinese Civil War, and WWII's Pacific conflict from the USS Enterprise (CV-6).[5]

The Rucker Spur in Antarctica was named after him by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names.

Selected filmography

With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)


  1. ^ "The 3rd Academy Awards (1930) Nominees and Winners". (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on November 13, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Joseph Rucker | Movies and Filmography".
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