Michael J.R. Dugan


An expert cinematographer, Oscar-nommed and Emmy-winning Michael J.R. Dugan was additionally a director, producer, writer and actor. He died from stroke and pneumonia complications Nov. 6 at 82.

With the Army Airborne 1942-46, he attended UCLA after WWII and received master’s degree in theater, became an actor under contract to MGM and director John Ford, appearing in a number of Ford’s John Wayne films. Through these experiences, he became intrigued in cinematography and eventually was seen as an expert in in underwater and helicopter camera work. His craftsmanship can be seen in such diverse films as “Ben Hur” and “Jaws.”

He won an Emmy in 1970 for “Collapse of the South,” in addition to being nominated for outstanding achievement in cinematography for news and documentary programming. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for “Fire.”

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