Gregg Toland

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Birthday
29, 1904
Birthplace
Charleston, IL
Death Date
Sep 26, 1948 (44)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
29, 1904
Birthplace
Charleston, IL
Death Date
Sep 26, 1948 (44)

About

Innovative cinematographer who created the lighting and techniques that gave Orson Welles' Citizen Kane its trademark haunting look.

Before Fame

He entered Hollywood at the age of 15 as an office boy with Fox Films and by his mid-20s went behind the camera for several Arthur Edeson films.

Trivia

His technique of deep focus, showing background objects as clearly as foreground ones, became a signature look for Citizen Kane and a standard technique in films coming after it.

Family Life

He was born in Charleston, Illinois as the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, who divorced in 1910.

Associated With

The comedian Red Skelton was his son in law.