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George Joseph Folsey, A.S.C. (July 2, 1898 – November 1, 1988) was an American cinematographer who worked on 162 films between 1919 and his retirement in 1976. Born in Brooklyn, Folsey was hired by Jesse Louis Lasky to work as an office boy in his newly formed Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company in New York City. He earned his first screen credit for His Bridal Night in 1919. Leading lady Alice Brady was so satisfied with the way he photographed her she offered him a contract to shoot all her films. He worked for both Associated First National and Paramount Astoria Studios before relocating to Hollywood and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he spent the bulk of his career.

Folsey's many credits include The Letter, The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, The Great Ziegfeld, A Guy Named Joe, The White Cliffs of Dover, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Clock, The Harvey Girls, Adam's Rib, A Life of Her Own, Million Dollar Mermaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Cobweb, Cash McCall, and The Balcony. For television he served as director of photography for various episodes of the ABC series The Fugitive and an NBC special starring figure skater Peggy Fleming, for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming.

Folsey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography thirteen times but never won. Eight months before his death he was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Society of Cinematographers, for which he served as President in 1956-57.

Folsey's son George Jr. is a director/producer/editor.

Folsey died in Santa Monica, California.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Joseph Folsey, A.S.C. (July 2, 1898 – November 1, 1988) was an American cinematographer who worked on 162 films between 1919 and his retirement in 1976. Born in Brooklyn, Folsey was hired by Jesse Louis Lasky to work as an office boy in his newly formed Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company in New York City. He earned his first screen credit for His Bridal Night in 1919. Leading lady Alice Brady was so satisfied with the way he photographed her she offered him a contract to shoot all her films. He worked for both Associated First National and Paramount Astoria Studios before relocating to Hollywood and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he spent the bulk of his career.

Folsey's many credits include The Letter, The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, The Great Ziegfeld, A Guy Named Joe, The White Cliffs of Dover, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Clock, The Harvey Girls, Adam's Rib, A Life of Her Own, Million Dollar Mermaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Cobweb, Cash McCall, and The Balcony. For television he served as director of photography for various episodes of the ABC series The Fugitive and an NBC special starring figure skater Peggy Fleming, for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming.

Folsey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography thirteen times but never won. Eight months before his death he was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Society of Cinematographers, for which he served as President in 1956-57.

Folsey's son George Jr. is a director/producer/editor.

Folsey died in Santa Monica, California.

Personal Info

Known For Camera

Gender Male

Known Credits 85

Birthday 1898-07-02

Day of Death 1988-11-01

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • George Folsey
  • George J. Falsey

Camera TV ShowsMovies

1963 The Balcony Director of Photography
1960 Cash McCall Director of Photography
1959 Count Your Blessings Director of Photography
1958 Torpedo Run Director of Photography
1958 Saddle the Wind Director of Photography
1957 House of Numbers Director of Photography
1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey Director of Photography
1956 These Wilder Years Director of Photography
1956 The Fastest Gun Alive Director of Photography
1956 Forbidden Planet Director of Photography
1955 The Cobweb Director of Photography
1954 Deep in My Heart Director of Photography
1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Director of Photography
1954 Executive Suite Director of Photography
1953 The Band Wagon Director of Photography
1952 Million Dollar Mermaid Director of Photography
1952 Shadow in the Sky Director of Photography
1951 The Man with a Cloak Director of Photography
1951 Mr. Imperium Director of Photography
1951 Vengeance Valley Director of Photography
1950 A Life of Her Own Director of Photography
1949 Malaya Director of Photography
1949 Adam's Rib Director of Photography
1949 The Great Sinner Director of Photography
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Director of Photography
1948 State of the Union Director of Photography
1946 The Secret Heart Director of Photography
1946 The Green Years Director of Photography
1945 Ziegfeld Follies Director of Photography
1945 The Clock Director of Photography
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis Director of Photography
1944 The White Cliffs of Dover Director of Photography
1944 A Guy Named Joe Director of Photography
1942 Seven Sweethearts Director of Photography
1942 Panama Hattie Director of Photography
1942 Grand Central Murder Director of Photography
1941 Married Bachelor Director of Photography
1941 The Trial of Mary Dugan Director of Photography
1938 The Shining Hour Director of Photography
1938 Hold That Kiss Director of Photography
1938 Arsene Lupin Returns Director of Photography
1938 Mannequin Director of Photography
1937 The Bride Wore Red Director of Photography
1937 Parnell Director of Photography
1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Director of Photography
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy Director of Photography
1936 Hearts Divided Director of Photography
1936 The Great Ziegfeld Director of Photography
1935 I Live My Life Director of Photography
1935 Age of Indiscretion Director of Photography
1935 Reckless Director of Photography
1934 Chained Director of Photography
1934 Operator 13 Director of Photography
1934 Men in White Director of Photography
1933 Going Hollywood Director of Photography
1933 Stage Mother Director of Photography
1933 Reunion in Vienna Director of Photography
1933 Storm at Daybreak Director of Photography
1933 Men Must Fight Director of Photography
1932 The Animal Kingdom Director of Photography
1932 The Misleading Lady Director of Photography
1931 The Cheat Director of Photography
1931 Secrets of a Secretary Director of Photography
1931 The Smiling Lieutenant Director of Photography
1931 Honor Among Lovers Director of Photography
1931 Stolen Heaven Director of Photography
1930 The Royal Family of Broadway Director of Photography
1930 Laughter Director of Photography
1930 Animal Crackers Director of Photography
1930 The Big Pond Director of Photography
1929 The Battle of Paris Director of Photography
1929 Applause Director of Photography
1929 The Hole in the Wall Director of Photography
1927 Naughty But Nice Director of Photography
1927 Her Wild Oat Director of Photography
1926 The Savage Director of Photography
1925 Scarlet Saint Director of Photography
1924 Born Rich Director of Photography
1924 The Enchanted Cottage Director of Photography
1923 The Fighting Blade Director of Photography
1923 The Bright Shawl Director of Photography
1922 Radio-Mania Director of Photography
1921 A Heart to Let Director of Photography
1920 The Fear Market Director of Photography

Acting

1982 The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell as Himself

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