Panavision co-founder Richard Moore dies

Cinematographer developed 65mm camera, lenses

Richard Moore, the co-founder of Panavision who helped develop the camera and lenses used to produce motion pictures in the groundbreaking 65mm format, died Aug. 16 at his home in Palm Springs of age-related complications. He was 83.

After leaving Panavision, Moore forged an impressive career as a Hollywood cinematographer, with credits including "The Scalphunters" (1968), "Winning" (1969), "The Reivers" (1969), "Myra Breckinridge" (1970), "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1970), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972) and "Annie" (1982).

Moore shared a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1960 for his pioneering 65mm work and received the Presidents Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 2004.

Moore and Robert Gottschalk founded Panavision in 1953 while they were working at the Campus Camera Shop in Westwood. Through experiments in underwater photography, they were able to create cheaper anamorphic, wide-screen projection lenses. Those lenses met the demands of theaters then showing CinemaScope films, a weapon in the battle against television.

Moore left Panavision in the early '60s because he wanted to use the lenses and cameras that he had helped design.

In a 2004 ASC interview, Moore cited "Winning," starring Paul Newman as a race car driver, as among his favorite films. He designed and built a remote control system that enabled him to use radio signals to operate a camera mounted on the car driven by Newman. That was a revolutionary concept in 1969.

Moore also directed a film, "Circle of Iron," a 1978 martial arts movie shot in Israel that starred David Carradine, Eli Wallach, Christopher Lee and Roddy McDowall with a story by Bruce Lee, James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant.

Moore, a native of Jacksonville, Ill., and a graduate of USC, is survived by his daughter Marina; son Stephen; nephew Joel; sister-in-law Mary; and extended Freberg family members.

A life celebration is being planned in the Los Angeles area. Family members ask that donations be sent in his care to any Humane Society in Southern California.
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