August 12, 2018

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Richard H. Kline dead at 91

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Two-time Oscar nominee Richard H. Kline has passed away at the age of 91, leaving behind a legacy that only a few come close to grasping.

The legendary cinematographer drew his last breath on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at his home in Los Angeles- He died of natural causes.

The news of his passing was shared with the Hollywood Reporter by his daughter, Rija Kline Zucker, and now the world of the seventh art will have to deal with this major loss.

The late 91-year-old was born in 1926, in Los Angeles, and his first job was at the Columbia Pictures camera department right after his high school graduation in 1943.


From 1944 to 1946, Kline was in the U.S. Navy, after which he helped Charles Laton Jr., a fellow cinematographer, on The Lady From Shangai in 1947, starring Orson Welles.

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Aside from that gig, Kline worked as a cameraman on TheThree Stooges sketches and films such as Around the World in 80 Days, The Birdman of Alcatraz and A Raisin in The Sun.

Kline only started his career as a cinematographer in 1963. At the time, he was hired to work on Mr. Novak, the MGM-NBC drama, where he stayed for two seasons.


Throughout his career, Kline was featured in more than 40 projects, with some of them being quite famous such as Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Who'll Stop the Rain and All of Me.

He received two Academy Award nominations for his work in Camelot, the lavish musical, and King Kong, and, for his contribution to the film industry, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Kline was one of the people who helped Hollywood become the powerhouse that it is today, and is survived by his son Paul, as well as four grandchildren.