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August 19, 2009

Haskell Boggs, ASC Cameras on Classics

A funeral service was held at Forest Lawn on Thursday, June 5, for multiple
Emmy nominee Haskell "Buzzy" Boggs, ASC, who died at his home
in Studio City, California, on May 30. He was 94, and his death was attributed
to natural causes.

A lifetime camera craftsman, Boggs, a native of Jones, Oklahoma, worked
as a newsreel cameraman in Oklahoma City for several years before moving
to Los Angeles. He began his Hollywood career as an assistant cameraman
at Paramount Pictures in 1934, was promoted to camera operator in 1942
and became a cinematographer in 1955.

During a long movie career he worked with the likes of Cecil B. DeMille,
Carole Lombard, Frank Capra, Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Betty Grable,
Jack Benny, Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and many other famous
performers, producers and directors.

But Boggs made his mark on television with Bonanza, television's first
color series on film. Although he never won an Emmy, he was nominated
four times during the 1960s for his work on the classic NBC western. In
1990, he picked up one more nomination for Where Pigeons Go to Die in
the miniseries/special category. He was also director of photography for
the entire runs of Little House on the Prairie and Highway
to Heaven
.

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