John A. Alonzo, ASC, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of Chinatown, died March 13 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 66. Alonzo's heyday as a DP was the 1970s, when in addition to Chinatown, he photographed such well remembered films as Vanishing Point, Harold and Maude, Lady Sings the Blues, Sounder, Black Sunday, and Norma Rae. Born in 1934 in Dallas, TX, Alonzo started as a camera operator, director, and sometime puppeteer in local television. He then enjoyed a career as a bit actor ...
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