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Samuel "Sam" Leavitt, A.S.C (February 6, 1904–March 21, 1984), was an American cinematographer who was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for The Defiant Ones (1958).

Sam Leavitt
An American Dream (1966) set 1.jpg
On the set of An American Dream
Eleanor Parker and Stuart Whitman (actors), Robert Gist (director, behind them) and Sam Leavitt in white hat (publicity still).
Born(1904-02-06)February 6, 1904
DiedMarch 21, 1984(1984-03-21) (aged 80)
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1932 - 1978

Leavitt began his career as an assistant camera operator working on 1930s films.[1] Leavitt was a camera operator on films including Rancho Notorious (1952) and on TV's I Love Lucy in the early 1950s[2] before becoming a director of photography in films.

Leavitt was nominated for Academy Awards for Exodus (Best Cinematography Color) (1960)and Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (Best Cinematography Black and White) in the two years following his Oscar win for The Defiant Ones.[3]

Leavitt was born in New York City, New York and died in Woodland Hills, California.

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