Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: William T. "Bill" Cline

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: William T. "Bill" Cline

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William T. "Bill" Cline, ASC, a gold card member (25 years or more) who enjoyed a long career as a cinematographer and color technician, died September 17 on in Laguna Hills. He was 82.

Born in Glendale, California in 1915, Cline studied to be a painter, but decided to follow the lead of his older brother, the late Wilfred M. Cline, ASC, a director of photography who specialized in Technicolor cinematography. William Cline went to work for Technicolor Motion Picture Corp. as a color technician, and soon became one of the top men in the field, collaborating with many leading cinematographers. He left the company after 15 years to become a camera operator.

"It was a great learning experience," he recalled. "In approximately seven years, I assisted and operated for ASC members Harry Stradling, Ray June, Lionel Lindon, Carl Guthrie, Will Cline, Joe Biroc, Ted Voigtlander, Wallace Kelley, Loyal Griggs, George Clemens, Ray Rennahan, Bob Planck, Art Arling, Karl Struss and Robert Burks. I became a director of photography in 1965, when I photographed 25 one-hour Ben Casey shows for Bing Crosby Productions." Cline joined the ASC's membership the following year.

That same year, he executed some of the earliest color photography for television in a series of half-hour Westerns for Pardee Productions. …

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