Cinematographer. Miller was known as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished lighting cameramen, a master at black and white cinematography. He began his career at the age of 13, serving as an assistant to cinematographer Fred J. Balshofer. Years later, the two life-long friends co-authored a book entitled “One Reel a Week” in 1967, which is still in print. He photographed the serial “The Perils of Pauline” in 1914, later joining director George Fitzmaurice for 33 silent-era movies. In the early 1920s, they traveled to Europe to film “The Eternal City.” First, he signed with Cecil B. DeMille's Paramount Studios and in 1932 received a long-term contract with Fox Studios. Retiring in 1951 after receiving the diagnoses of tuberculosis, he served as the President of the American Society of Cinematographers and in the 1960s he collected an extensive exhibit of vintage camera equipment for the ASC. His last was a black-and-white thriller called “The Prowler.” After receiving the immunizations for the trip to Africa to film John Huston's “African Queen,” he had to cancel the assignment after learning of his illness. Miller was the recipient of Oscars Award for best Cinematography: in 1946 for "Anna and the King of Siam"; in 1943 for "The Song of Bernadette" and in 1941 for "How Green Was My Valley." He had been nominated for an Oscar seven times total. He died shortly after completing the documentary entitled “The Moving Picture Camera.” According to the IMD, his first reel was “Romance of a Fishermaid” in 1909; however, the ASC Collection at Herrick Library has “A Heroine of '76” filmed on February 22, 1910. IMD has him recording 146 titled films. Initially, he used the name “Arthur Miller” in film credits, but later added his middle “C” to prevent confusion with the author of “Death of a Salesman,” Arthur Miller.
Bio by: Linda Davis