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John Newton Green, ASC (born November 18, 1946),[1] is an American cinematographer and film director best known for his Oscar-nominated collaborations with actor/director Clint Eastwood, taking over from Eastwood's previous collaborator Bruce Surtees.[2]

Jack N. Green
John Newton Green

(1946-11-18) November 18, 1946 (age 72)
Years active1986-present



Green was born in San Francisco, California, and moved to Hollywood in 1968, where he began his career as an assistant to Emmy-winning cinematographer Donald M. Morgan. He worked primarily on aerial unit photography, shooting helicopter exteriors for the film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.[3] After being laid off, he fell in with Michael W. Watkins, who got him a job as a camera operator on the Jonathan Demme film Fighting Mad. He spent much of the 1970s and early 1980s freelancing as an operator under DPs like William A. Fraker, Ric Waite, Harry Stradling Jr., and Bruce Surtees, shooting films like Bronco Billy, 48 Hrs., Pale Rider, and Beverly Hills Cop.[4]

He first met Clint Eastwood on the set of the film The Gauntlet, and proceeded to operate on every single Eastwood film until being promoted to DP on Heartbreak Ridge after being recommended by Surtees.[5] Because of Eastwood's tendency to reuse the same crew from film-to-film, Green shot every Eastwood-directed film between 1986 and 2000, their final collaboration being Space Cowboys.[6] Green's work on the 1992 western, Unforgiven earned him nominations for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for best cinematography. He was also a nominee for the ASC Award for the 1995 film, The Bridges of Madison County.

Since 2000, Green has worked on over fifteen films in genres ranging from science fiction (Serenity) to action (A Man Apart) to comedy (50 First Dates, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Hot Tub Time Machine). He made his directorial debut with Traveller, a 1997 crime drama starring Bill Paxton and Mark Wahlberg. Green has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1992.


Year Title Notes Director
1983 Uncommon Valor 2nd Unit Director of Photography

with Stephen H. Burum

Ted Kotcheff
1985 Volunteers Additional Photography

with Ric Waite

Nicholas Meyer
1986 Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood
1987 Like Father Like Son Rod Daniel
1988 Rambo III Uncredited;

with John Stainer

Peter MacDonald
The Dead Pool Buddy Van Horn
Bird Won: Clint Eastwood
1989 Pink Cadillac Buddy Van Horn
The Karate Kid Part III Additional Photography

with Stephen Yaconelli

John G. Avildsen
Race for Glory Rocky Lang
1990 White Hunter Black Heart Clint Eastwood
The Rookie
1991 Deceived Damian Harris
1992 Love Crimes Lizzie Borden
Unforgiven Won:


Clint Eastwood
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Television series

Pilot episode

Bryan Spicer
Rookie of the Year Daniel Stern
A Perfect World Clint Eastwood
1994 Trapped in Paradise George Gallo
1995 The Amazing Panda Adventure Christopher Cain
Bad Company Damian Harris
The Bridges of Madison County Nominated: Clint Eastwood
The Net Irwin Winkler
1996 Twister Jan de Bont
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Absolute Power Clint Eastwood
Traveller Also director N/A
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Clint Eastwood
1999 Girl, Interrupted James Mangold
True Crime Clint Eastwood
2000 Space Cowboys
2001 Pretty When You Cry Also director

Television film

2003 A Man Apart F. Gary Gray
Secondhand Lions Tim McCanlies
2004 50 First Dates Peter Segal
Against the Ropes Charles S. Dutton
2005 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Judd Apatow
Serenity Joss Whedon
2006 Click 2nd Unit Director of Photography

with Dean Semler

Frank Coraci
Zoom Additional Photography

with David Tattersall

Peter Hewitt
2007 Are We Done Yet? Steve Carr
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Howard Deutch
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Thor Freudenthal
Hot Tub Time Machine Steve Pink
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules David Bowers
2014 Left Behind Vic Armstrong
2015 The Letters William Riead

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Kay Weniger: Das große Personenlexikon des Films. Band 3, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3, p. 375.
  2. ^ "JACK N. GREEN". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  3. ^ "JACK N. GREEN". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  4. ^ "JACK N. GREEN". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  5. ^ "JACK N. GREEN". Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  6. ^ "JACK N. GREEN". Retrieved 2017-08-28.

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