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November 03, 2006

Cinematographer James Glennon Dies

Memorial for Emmy Winner on Nov. 4

James M. Glennon, ACS, an Emmy-winning cinematographer, died October 19 due to complications from cancer. Glennon, who lived in Malibu, was 64.

The son of cinematographer Bert Glennon, James Glennon was born in Los Angeles on August 29, 1942. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a teenager when he took a job in the mailroom at Warner Brothers. At 22, he was hired in the camera department on the TV series Gilligan’s Island, which set him on a path to follow in his father’s footsteps as a director of photography. He earned his first credit as cinematographer with the 1977 film Jaws of Death. His other feature film credits include Flight of the Navigator, The Big White, United States of Leland, Citizen Ruth, A Time of Destiny, El Norte, Smooth Talk, Election, About Schmidt and Good Boy!

Glennon was also a prolific in television He was cinematographer on such TV movies as My Wicked, Wicked Ways...The Legend of Errol Flynn, Jake’s Women, South of Heaven, West of Hell and Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story, as well as such acclaimed series as The West Wing, Big Love, Carnivàle and Deadwood, for which he earned a 2004 Emmy Award.

Glennon is survived by his wife, Charmaine, and four children, Meghan, Allison, Andrew and Juliet. A memorial service will be held for friends and family on Saturday, November 4, starting at 9 a.m. at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made (checks payable:) to he UCLA Foundation/Jim Glennon Cinematography Memorial Fund or Cedars Sinai Medical Center (memo line: “In honor of James Glennon for the Prostate Cancer Research Fund”), P.O. Box 48750, Room 2426, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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