|Born||6 February 1904|
|Died||21 March 1984 80)(aged|
|Years active||1932 - 1978|
Leavitt began his career as an assistant camera operator working on 1930s films. Leavitt was a camera operator on films including Rancho Notorious (1952) and on TV's "I Love Lucy" in the early 1950s before becoming a director of photography in films.
Leavitt was nominated for Academy Awards for Exodus (Best Cinematography Color) (1960)and Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (Best Cinematography Black and White) in the two years following his Oscar win for The Defiant Ones.