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Also Known As: Died: May 2, 1984
Born: January 21, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Palestine, Texas Profession:

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Highly distinguished and versatile cinematographer of several black-and-white classics who began his career as a cutter and assistant cameraman with Paramount. After working as secondary photographer of both "Morocco" (1930) and as co-cinematographer with Von Sternberg on "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935), Ballard was moved to the front ranks for the third of his four collaborations with Josef von Sternberg, "Crime and Punishment" (1935) and then worked on numerous second-echelon Columbia films during the late 1930s and early 40s. He came into his own as an acclaimed black-and-white cinematographer with Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing" (1956) and as a specialist in lush, outdoor color photography for the action and Western films of Henry Hathaway, Sam Peckinpah and Budd Boetticher with whom he worked multiple times. He lensed several films starring Merle Oberon, to whom he was married from 1945 to 1949.

Highly distinguished and versatile cinematographer of several black-and-white classics who began his career as a cutter and assistant cameraman with Paramount. After working as secondary photographer of both "Morocco" (1930) and as co-cinematographer with Von Sternberg on "The Devil Is a Woman" (1935), Ballard was moved to the front ranks for the third of his four collaborations with Josef von Sternberg, "Crime and Punishment" (1935) and then worked on numerous second-echelon Columbia films during the late 1930s and early 40s. He came into his own as an acclaimed black-and-white cinematographer with Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing" (1956) and as a specialist in lush, outdoor color photography for the action and Western films of Henry Hathaway, Sam Peckinpah and Budd Boetticher with whom he worked multiple times. He lensed several films starring Merle Oberon, to whom he was married from 1945 to 1949.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Captain
2.
 I Killed Geronimo (1950) Lieutenant Furness
3.
 The Mutineers (1949) Bealsy
4.
5.
 Drifting Along (1946) Himself
6.
 The Man Who Walked Alone (1945) Alvin Baily III
7.
 Gun Cargo (1941) Fred Winthrop
8.
 Gaucho Serenade (1940) Buck Benson
9.
 Rawhide (1938) Larry Kimbell
10.
 Hawaiian Buckaroo (1938) Jeff Howard
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