Arthur Weed Marvin

Arthur Weed Marvin

Birth
Jordan, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 18 Jan 1911 (aged 51)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 10379065 · View Source
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Cinematographer. He was director D. W. Griffith's first cameraman. He joined the Biograph studio in 1897 and the following year went with fellow cameraman G. W. "Billy" Bitzer to Cuba to film events of the Spanish-American War. In 1908 Marvin recommended Griffith, then a minor actor, for promotion to director at Biograph, and he was behind the camera for Griffith's directorial debut, "The Adventures of Dollie" (1908). Marvin shot 90 one and two-reel films for Griffith through 1910, when he was replaced by Bitzer as Griffith's prinicpal cinematographer. The low-key lighting effects he achieved in the film "Pippa Passes" (1909) have been highly praised by historians. He died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, during one of the Biograph company's regular trips to California for Winter filming. In all Marvin photographed over 400 films.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 26 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10379065
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Weed Marvin (26 May 1859–18 Jan 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10379065, citing Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .