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Burnett Guffey

Burnett Guffey, A.S.C.
Guffey behind the camera
Born (1905-05-26)May 26, 1905
Del Rio, Tennessee, U.S.
Died May 30, 1983(1983-05-30) (aged 78)
Goleta, California, U.S.
Title A.S.C.
Board member of A.S.C. President (1957-1958)
Awards Best Black-and-White Cinematography
1954 From Here to Eternity
Best Cinematography
1968 Bonnie and Clyde

Burnett Guffey, A.S.C. (May 26, 1905 - May 30, 1983) was an American cinematographer.[1]

He won two Academy Awards: From Here to Eternity (1953) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967).


  • Career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • Awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


While still a teenager, the future Academy Award-winning cinematographer began as a camera assistant in 1923 on John Ford's 1924 western saga The Iron Horse. He was then hired by the Famous Players-Lasky Studios in 1927, became a camera operator in 1928 and worked there until 1943. Guffey was hired as a Director of Photography by Columbia Pictures in 1944.[2][3]

In 1957–58 he served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) for a year, and had been a long-standing member.

According to film critic Spencer Selby, Guffey was a prolific film noir cinematographer, shooting 20 of them, including In a Lonely Place (1950).[4][5]




  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for From Here to Eternity; 1954.
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, for Bonnie and Clyde; 1968.


  • Golden Globes: Golden Globe, Best Cinematography, Black and White, for All the King's Men; (1950)
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for The Harder They Fall, (1957).
  • Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for Birdman of Alcatraz, 1963.
  • Academy Awards; Oscar, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, for King Rat; 1966.


  1. ^ Burnett Guffey at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Burnett Guffey at AllMovie.
  3. ^ * Steeman, Albert. Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, "Burnett Guffey page," Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007. Last accessed: January 2, 2008.
  4. ^ Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir, page 239, 1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.
  5. ^ American Society of Cinematographers. "Lonely America: The Noir Cinematography of Burnett Guffey ASC," 2007. Last accessed: January 2, 2007.

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