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Rudolph Maté

For the skier, see Rudolph Matt.
Not to be confused with cinematographer Russell Metty.
Rudolph Maté
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Rudolph Maté in 1943
Born Rudolf Mayer
(1898-01-21)21 January 1898
Kraków, Austria-Hungary
Died 27 October 1964(1964-10-27) (aged 66)
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Occupation cinematographer
film director
film producer
Years active 1919–1962
Awards Five Oscar nominations

Rudolph Maté, born Rudolf Mayer (21 January 1898 – 27 October 1964), was a prolific Austro-Hungarian cinematographer, film director and film producer who worked as cameraman and cinematographer in Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, before moving to Hollywood in the mid 1930s.

Life and career

Born in Kraków (then in Austria-Hungary, now in Poland) into a Jewish family, Maté started in the film business after his graduation from the University of Budapest. He went on to work as an assistant cameraman in Hungary and later throughout Europe, sometimes with colleague Karl Freund. Maté worked on several of Carl Th. Dreyer's films, including The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and Vampyr (1932).

Maté worked as cinematographer on Hollywood films from the mid-1930s, including Dodsworth (1936), the Laurel and Hardy feature Our Relations (1936) and Stella Dallas (1937). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in five consecutive years, for Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940), Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman (1941), Sam Wood's The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Zoltan Korda's Sahara (1943), and Charles Vidor's Cover Girl (1944).

In 1947, he turned to directing films; his credits include the film noir D.O.A. (1950), No Sad Songs for Me (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), and the epic The 300 Spartans (1962).

He died from a heart attack in Hollywood on 27 October 1964, at the age of 66.


As director

As producer

As cinematographer

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