Henry Sharp (cinematographer)

Henry Sharp was an American cinematographer who worked in Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1950s.[1] He was known for his work with actor Douglas Fairbanks.[2]

Henry Sharp
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Henry Thomas Sharp

May 13, 1892
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedAugust 6, 1966 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Jean Thayer (m. 1937)


Sharp was born in Los Angeles, California, to Thomas Sharp and Charlotte Bailey. He began working as a cinematographer by 1920, and by 1930, had become Douglas Fairbanks' cameraman of choice. He accompanied the star on a trip around the world, filing their travels.[3] He survived a plane crash in 1935 in Missouri, although he was left in the hospital for three months.[4] After he recovered, he married his nurse, Jean Thayer.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ American Cinematographer. ASC Holding Corporation. 1922.
  2. ^ "Doug's Cameraman Is a World's Champ". The Star Press. November 22, 1925. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Doug Fairbanks in Travel Film". Tyler Morning Telegraph. May 31, 1932. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Senator Cutting Dies in Plane Crash". The Bismarck Tribune. May 6, 1935. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Film Cameraman to Wed His Nurse". The Akron Beacon Journal. January 26, 1937. Retrieved January 8, 2020.