Biography

James Wong Howe, A.S.C. was a Chinese American cinematographer who worked on over 130 films. A master at the use of shadow, he was one of the first to use deep-focus cinematography, photography in which both foreground and distant planes remain in focus. During the 1930s and 1940s he was one of the most sought after cinematographers in Hollywood. He was nominated for ten Academy Awards for cinematography, winning twice. Howe was judged to be one of history's ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild.

James Wong Howe, A.S.C. was a Chinese American cinematographer who worked on over 130 films. A master at the use of shadow, he was one of the first to use deep-focus cinematography, photography in which both foreground and distant planes remain in focus. During the 1930s and 1940s he was one of the most sought after cinematographers in Hollywood. He was nominated for ten Academy Awards for cinematography, winning twice. Howe was judged to be one of history's ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild.

Personal Info

Known For Camera

Gender Male

Known Credits 109

Birthday 1899-08-28

Day of Death 1976-07-12

Place of Birth Guangzhou, China

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Also Known As

  • James How
  • Wong Tung Jim
  • Jimmie Howe
  • James Howe

Camera TV ShowsMovies

1975 Funny Lady Director of Photography
1970 The Molly Maguires Director of Photography
1970 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots Director of Photography
1968 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Director of Photography
1967 Hombre Director of Photography
1966 Seconds Director of Photography
1966 This Property Is Condemned Director of Photography
1965 The Glory Guys Director of Photography
1964 The Outrage Director of Photography
1963 Hud Director of Photography
1960 Tess of the Storm Country Director of Photography
1960 Song Without End Director of Photography
1959 The Story on Page One Director of Photography
1959 The Last Angry Man Director of Photography
1958 Bell, Book and Candle Director of Photography
1958 The Old Man and the Sea Director of Photography
1957 Sweet Smell of Success Director of Photography
1957 Armored Attack! Director of Photography
1957 Drango Director of Photography
1956 Death of a Scoundrel Director of Photography
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse: Lincoln's Doctor's Dog Director of Photography
1955 The Rose Tattoo Director of Photography
1955 Picnic Director of Photography
1954 Autumn in Rome Director of Photography
1953 Jennifer Director of Photography
1953 Main Street to Broadway Director of Photography
1953 The World of Dong Kingman Director of Photography
1952 Come Back, Little Sheba Director of Photography
1951 He Ran All the Way Director of Photography
1950 The Eagle and the Hawk Director of Photography
1950 The Baron of Arizona Director of Photography
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Director of Photography
1947 Body and Soul Director of Photography
1947 Pursued Director of Photography
1947 Nora Prentiss Director of Photography
1946 My Reputation Director of Photography
1945 Danger Signal Director of Photography
1945 Confidential Agent Director of Photography
1945 Counter-Attack Director of Photography
1944 Passage to Marseille Director of Photography
1943 The North Star Director of Photography
1943 Hangmen Also Die! Director of Photography
1943 Air Force Director of Photography
1943 The Hard Way Director of Photography
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy Director of Photography
1942 Kings Row Director of Photography
1941 Out of the Fog Director of Photography
1941 Shining Victory Director of Photography
1941 The Strawberry Blonde Director of Photography
1940 City for Conquest Director of Photography
1940 Torrid Zone Director of Photography
1940 Saturday's Children Director of Photography
1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois Director of Photography
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Director of Photography
1939 Dust Be My Destiny Director of Photography
1939 The Oklahoma Kid Director of Photography
1939 They Made Me a Criminal Director of Photography
1938 Algiers Director of Photography
1937 The Prisoner of Zenda Director of Photography
1937 Under the Red Robe Director of Photography
1937 Fire Over England Director of Photography
1936 Three Live Ghosts Director of Photography
1935 Whipsaw Director of Photography
1935 Rendezvous Director of Photography
1935 The Flame Within Director of Photography
1935 Mark of the Vampire Director of Photography
1935 The Night Is Young Director of Photography
1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl Director of Photography
1934 Have a Heart Camera Operator
1934 Stamboul Quest Director of Photography
1934 Hollywood Party Director of Photography
1934 The Thin Man Director of Photography
1934 Manhattan Melodrama Director of Photography
1934 Viva Villa! Director of Photography
1934 The Show-Off Director of Photography
1933 The Power and the Glory Director of Photography
1933 Beauty for Sale Director of Photography
1933 Hello, Sister! Director of Photography
1932 Chandu the Magician Director of Photography
1932 Man About Town Director of Photography
1932 Young America Director of Photography
1932 Amateur Daddy Director of Photography
1932 After Tomorrow Director of Photography
1932 Shanghai Express Director of Photography
1932 Dance Team Director of Photography
1931 Surrender Director of Photography
1931 The Yellow Ticket Director of Photography
1931 The Spider Director of Photography
1931 Transatlantic Director of Photography
1931 The Criminal Code Director of Photography
1930 Today Director of Photography
1929 The Rescue Director of Photography
1928 Laugh, Clown, Laugh Director of Photography
1927 Sorrell and Son Director of Photography
1926 Mantrap Director of Photography
1925 The Charmer Director of Photography
1924 Peter Pan Director of Photography
1924 The Side Show of Life Director of Photography
1923 The Spanish Dancer Director of Photography

Directing

1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)Director
1960 Checkmate (2 episodes)Director
1958 The Invisible Avenger Director
1954 Go Man Go Director
1953 The World of Dong Kingman Director

Crew

1971 The Horsemen Cinematography
1940 Fantasia Cinematography
1937 Farewell Again Cinematography
1927 The Rough Riders Cinematography

Acting

1973 James Wong Howe: Cinematographer as Self
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)

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