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‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Cinematographer Was 88 – The Hollywood Reporter



Arthur “Buddy” Botham, who served as a cinematographer on The Dukes of Hazzard and dealt with second-unit taking pictures on movies together with Blake Edwards’ Pores and skin Deep and John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned (1995), has died. He was 88.

Botham died June 26 at his house in Woodland Hills, his daughter Julia Bergeron introduced.

Botham additionally labored on a number of Stephen J. Cannell-produced sequence, from The A-Workforce, Hardcastle and McCormick and Hunter to Riptide, Stingray, Sonny Spoon and Stone, and he was a generator operator on James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Invoice Lawrence’s Scrubs.

Born in Chicago on March 19, 1935, Arthur Ronald Botham joined the Chicago Stage Guild at age 21 and starred in Uncle Vanya and different productions. After a stint within the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter repairman, he returned to Chicago, resumed performing and have become a cinematographer.

Because the in-house director of images for Encyclopedia Britannica, he shot dozens of instructional movies and traveled around the globe. He braved an ice storm whereas standing on a glacier, prevented hammerhead sharks whereas underwater close to the Galapagos Islands and shot from the open door of a helicopter.

Along with Village of the Damned (1995), Pores and skin Deep (1989) and one other Edwards’ movie, Sundown (1988), Botham labored on options together with Steven Spielberg’s 1941 (1979), Roger Spottiswoode’s Cease! Or My Mother Will Shoot (1992) and Tim Hunter’s The Maker (1997).

A member of the Tv Academy, the DGA, SAG, IBEW Native 40 and the Worldwide Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Native 600), he additionally shot music movies, together with one for Frank Sinatra and Quincy Jones, and commercials that includes the likes of Joe Namath and the Harlem Globetrotters.

He additionally saved performing, displaying on up Scrubs and within the movies Winterhawk (1975) and Killer’s Delight (1978), typically utilizing his stage identify, Arthur St. Joseph.

Survivors embody his kids, Kathleen, Julia, Eileen, Arthur and Kevin; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. His spouse of almost 63 years, Theresa, died in June 2022.

A funeral is about for 10 a.m. on Aug. 7 at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. In lieu of flowers, donations could also be despatched to the Will Rogers Movement Image Pioneers Basis.

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