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‘Weeds’ Cinematographer Steven H. Smith Dies at 68

Steven H. Smith, who worked on TV shows and movies in several camera positions, died July 19 of pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Smith was most recently director of photography for 16 episodes of “Weeds” on Showtime.

He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and worked as a graphic artist before moving to Pacific Title, where he created the title and optical effects for “Mr. Majestyk” in 1974. Smith then segued into camera work as a second assistant on film and television projects including “Little House on the Prairie.” On Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” he served as first camera assistant, a position he also held on ” Lookin’ to Get Out,” “Staying Alive” and “Brainstorm.”

As a camera operator, Smith worked on films including “Joe vs. the Volcano,” “The Bodyguard” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” He also worked regularly on TV shows including “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Party of Five,” “House, M.D.,” “Bones” and “Eli Stone. ”

He is survived by two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at UCLA.

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