Charles Lang

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Charles Lang
Born Charles Bryant Lang, Jr.
(1902-03-27)March 27, 1902
Bluff, Utah, U.S.
Died April 3, 1998(1998-04-03) (aged 96)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 19261973
Spouse(s) Hylah Lang (1925-19??)
Helen Parrish (1942-1954)

Charles Bryant Lang, Jr., A.S.C. (born March 27, 1902, Bluff, Utah – died April 3, 1998, Santa Monica, California [1]) was an American cinematographer.

Charles Lang and Marlon Brando (1961)

Early in his career, he worked with the Akeley camera, a gyroscope-mounted "pancake" camera designed by Carl Akeley for outdoor action shots.[1] Lang's first credits were as co-cinematographer on the silent films The Night Patrol (1926) and The Loves of Ricardo (1927).[1]

After completing Tom Sawyer for Paramount Pictures in 1930, he continued working at the studio for more than twenty years. The style of lighting he introduced in A Farewell to Arms became heavily identified with all of Paramount's films during the 1930s and 1940s,[1] though he occasionally worked for other studios, for instance on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947).

In 1951, he began the second phase of his career, this time as a free-lance cinematographer.[1] His credits include The Big Heat (1953) with Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin, Sabrina (1954) with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, The Matchmaker (1958), Some Like It Hot (1959) with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon, The Magnificent Seven (1960) with Steve McQueen, One-Eyed Jacks (1961) with Marlon Brando, How the West Was Won (1962) in Cinerama, Charade (1963) with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), and Butterflies Are Free (1972).

Lang received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 1991, for a career which included at least 114 feature films.[1]

Academy Awards

Lang won an Academy Award the second time he was nominated, early in his career; he received a total of 18 nominations, tying with Leon Shamroy for the most Academy Award for Best Cinematography nominations ever.



According to IMDb, Lang also received Oscar nominations for the following films:[3]

Personal life

One of Lang's granddaughters is actress Katherine Kelly Lang, who is best known for her role as Brooke Logan Forrester on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Her mother is Lang's daughter, actress Judy Lang.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 In Memoriam Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. from the American Society of Cinematographers website
  2. Received award at the 6th Academy Awards in 1934
  3. Charles Lang at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Nominated at the 36th Academy Awards in 1964
  5. Katherine Kelly Lang biography,; accessed January 1, 2016.

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