Kramer Morgenthau

Kramer Morgenthau, A.S.C., is an American cinematographer, best known for his work in films such as Thor: The Dark World, Chef and Terminator Genisys. He was also director of photography for some episodes of television series such as Vegas,[citation needed] Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, and Boardwalk Empire.[1] He is a member of both the famous Morgenthau dynasty and the Lehman banking family.

Kramer Morgenthau
NationalityUnited States
Years active1990-present
Parent(s)Ruth Schachter Morgenthau
Henry Morgenthau III
FamilyHenry (Ben) Morgenthau (brother)
Sarah Elinor Morgenthau (sister)
Mayer Lehman (great-great-grandfather)
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (grandfather)
Elinor Morgenthau (grandmother)


Morgenthau was born to a Jewish family, the son of Ruth (née Schachter) and Henry Morgenthau III. His father was an author and television producer. His mother was professor of international politics at Brandeis University, an advisor to President Jimmy Carter on rural development in poor countries, and in 1988 ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for Congress in Rhode Island.[2]

His great-great-grandfather was businessman Mayer Lehman. He has one brother, Henry "Ben" Morgenthau (born 1964) and one sister, Sarah Elinor Morgenthau (born 1963).[3] His grandfather was Henry Morgenthau Jr., the U.S. Treasury secretary during the Roosevelt administration. His great-grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, was the ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I; his uncle is Robert M. Morgenthau, Manhattan district attorney for 35 years.[4]

He was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[4] In 2011, he married Tracy Fleischman in a Jewish ceremony in Los Angeles.[4]



Year Film Director
1997 Dogtown George Hickenlooper
1999 The Big Brass Ring
2001 Green Dragon Timothy Linh Bui
The Man from Elysian Fields George Hickenlooper
2004 Godsend Nick Hamm
2005 Havoc Barbara Kopple
2007 Full of It Christian Charles
Fracture Gregory Hoblit
Feast of Love Robert Benton
2008 The Express: The Ernie Davis Story Gary Fleder
2012 The Factory Morgan O'Neill
2013 Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor
2014 Chef Jon Favreau
2015 Terminator Genisys Alan Taylor
2017 Rebel in the Rye Danny Strong
2018 The Darkest Minds Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Creed II Steven Caple Jr.
2020 Respect Liesl Tommy
The Many Saints of Newark Alan Taylor


Year Programme Distributor Season Episode(s)
2010 Boardwalk Empire HBO 1 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
2012 Game of Thrones 2 1, 2
Vegas CBS 1 Pilot
2013 Sleepy Hollow Fox 1 Pilot
2017 The Orville 1 Pilot
2018 Fahrenheit 451 HBO TV Movie


  1. ^ CreativeCow: "Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow" by Debra Kaufman 2013
  2. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (2006-11-12). "Ruth S. Morgenthau, 75, an Adviser to Carter, Is Dead". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  3. ^ Morgenthau Family Tree Archived 2015-12-20 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved October 3, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c New York Times: "Tracy Fleischman and Kramer Morgenthau", December 23, 2011.

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