Floyd Crosby

Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 – September 30, 1985) was an Academy award-winning American cinematographer. Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd (née Delafield) and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby. In 1940, he married Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead and had two children: David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and the late, reclusive singer-songwriter Ethan Crosby (1937-1997). During his career, Floyd Crosby was involved in the cinematography of more than 100 full length movies. He won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film Tabu. He was also the cinematographer for High Noon (1952), considered to be among his best work. Crosby also worked with B-movie director Roger Corman on several films. Crosby served as a cinematographer for the U.S. Army Air Corps film wing, and made flight training films in World War II. He left the Air Corps in 1946. Crosby divorced in 1960, and married Betty Cormack in the same year. He retired in the late 1960s to Ojai, California, where he died in 1985.


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