Harold Rosson

Born Apr 6, 1895

Harold G. "Hal" Rosson, A.S.C. was an American cinematographer during the early and classical Hollywood cinema. He is best known for his work on the 1939 masterpiece The Wizard of Oz.

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1895 Birth Born on April 6, 1895.


1908 13 Years Old Harold Rosson began his film career in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. … Read More
1912 17 Years Old In 1912 he divided his time as an office boy in a stockbrokers firm and as and assistant, extra, and handyman at the Famous Players Studio in New York.
1914 19 Years Old In December 1914, Rosson moved to California and joined Metro Pictures. … Read More


1920 25 Years Old In 1920 he was signed by Mary Pickford working primarily with her brother Jack Pickford.


1933 38 Years Old He was married to actress Jean Harlow from 1933 to 1934. … Read More


1936 41 Years Old He was awarded an Honorary Oscar for the color cinematography of the 1936 David O. Selznick production The Garden of Allah. … Read More
1939 44 Years Old …  He is best known for his work on the 1939 masterpiece The Wizard of Oz. … Read More


1958 63 Years Old After a very long and successful career in Hollywood, Rosson retired in 1958.
1966 71 Years Old He returned in 1966 for the Howard Hawks film El Dorado starring John Wayne.
1988 93 Years Old Died on September 6, 1988.
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