Inducted to the Walk of Fame on May 26, 1976 with 1 star. Comments
Quick Facts
Born:
August 2,
San Francisco, California, USA
Died:
May 10,
Ethnicity:
Caucasian

Hal Mohr, A.S.C. was a famed movie cinematographer. He is one of only six cinematographers to have a "Star" on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the others being J. Peverell Marley, Ray Rennahan, Leon Shamroy, Haskell Wexler, and Conrad L. Hall. His wife Evelyn Venable also has a "Star".

In 1915, in an early example of an exploitation film peddled directly to theater owners, Mohr and Sol Lesser produced and directed a film The Last Night of the Barbary Coast. This film purported to show the last night of the depraved Barbary Coast red-light district of San Francisco before it was shut down by the police. This is now considered a lost film.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematographer for his work on The Fourposter, a film based on a play of the same name, written by Jan de Hartog. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Cinematography in a Black and White Film, for his work on the same movie.

Notably, he is the only person to have won a competitive Academy Award without being nominated for it. In 1936, a write-in campaign won him the Best Cinematography Oscar for his work on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Academy later changed the Oscar rules, making write-in voting impossible.

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