Deadline reports that Ralph Woolsey, an Emmy-winning cinematographer has died at the age of 104. The American Society of Cinematographers said he died March 23 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills.
Woolsey was best known for working on the TV series Batman and It Takes a Thief and films The Iceman Cometh and The Great Santini. He also shot Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip (earning him two Emmy noms in 1959 and 1960), and Mister Roberts. He won the 1968 Emmy for It Takes a Thief, starring Robert Wagner.
He taught cinematography at USC for seven years in the 1950s. During this time he worked on the series Bourbon Street Beat, Colt .45 and The Roaring 20’s. In the ’70s he transitioned back in features and worked on the films Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976) and Lifeguard (1976). He was also the director of photography on The Iceman Cometh (1973), The Great Santini (1979) and Oh, God! Book II (1980),which serves as his last feature credit.
Rest in peace.