Ralph Woolsey, cinematographer for the 1966 Batman television series, has died. The Emmy-winning cinematographer’s career began all the way back in the 1940s and lasted until 1980, and during that time he shot several acclaimed films and television shows. As a part of the crew on the legendary Adam West and Burt Ward Batman series, Woolsey lent his eye to the first appearances of notable villains like the Joker, the Penguin, and Mr. Freeze. He also won an Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Primetime Emmy for an episode of It Takes a Thief.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Woolsey died on March 23, 2018 in Woodland Hills, CA. In addition to a look back at his career, THR has a few very interesting quotes from Woolsey regarding his time on Batman. He tells of a time when he borrowed a prop from a Penguin episode, and has a few choice words about the infamous “Dutch Tilt” shot that became synonymous with the show. It’s a fascinating, insightful read.
Woolsey was 104.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter