William H. Daniels
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William H. Daniels

(1901-12-01)December 1, 1901
DiedJune 14, 1970(1970-06-14) (aged 68)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California, U.S.
Years active1919–1970
SpouseBetty Lee Gaston

William H. Daniels ASC (December 1, 1901 – June 14, 1970) was a film cinematographer who was best-known as Greta Garbo's personal lensman. Daniels served as the cinematographer on all but three of Garbo's films during her tenure at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, including Torrent (1926), The Mysterious Lady (1928), The Kiss (1929), Anna Christie (1930), Grand Hotel (1932), Queen Christina (1933), Anna Karenina (1935), Camille (1936) and Ninotchka (1939). Early in his career, Daniels worked regularly with director Erich von Stroheim,[1] providing cinematography for such films as The Devil's Pass Key (1920) and Greed (1924). Daniels went on to win an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Naked City (1948).

Early years

Daniels was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1901. He started his film career in 1919.


His career as a cinematographer extended fifty years from the silent film Foolish Wives (1922) to Move (1970), although he was an uncredited camera operator on two earlier films (1919 and 1920). His major films included The Naked City (1948), filmed on the streets of New York, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

He also was associate producer of a few films in the 1960s and was President of American Society of Cinematographers (1961–63).[2]







  1. ^ William H. Daniels at IMDb.
  2. ^ Steeman, Albert. Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, "William Daniels page," Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007. Last accessed: December 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Wallac, David "Dream Palaces of Hollywood's Golden Age." Abrams, New York; Encyclopedia of Cinematographers