Floyd Crosby

Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 September 30, 1985)[1] was an Academy Award winning American cinematographer, descendant of the Van Rensselaer family,[2] and father of musicians Ethan and David Crosby.

Floyd Crosby
Floyd Delafield Crosby

December 12, 1899
DiedSeptember 30, 1985(1985-09-30) (aged 85)
Ojai, California, United States
Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead
(m. 1930; div. 1960)

Betty Cormack
(m. 1960; his death 1985)
ChildrenEthan Crosby
David Crosby
RelativesFrancis Delafield (grandfather)
Edward Henry Delafield (uncle)

Early life

Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd (née Delafield) and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby.[3] Through his maternal grandmother, he was descended from the prominent Van Rensselaer family.[2]

His maternal grandfather was Dr. Francis Delafield.[4] His maternal uncle was Edward Henry Delafield (1880-1955).[5]


During his career, Floyd Crosby was involved in the cinematography of more than 100 full-length movies. He won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the film Tabu: A Story of the South Seas. In 1973, Crosby participated in an oral history sponsored by the American Film Institute, part of which dealt with his work on Tabu: A Story of the South Seas.[6] He was also the cinematographer for High Noon (1952), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Crosby also worked with B-movie director Roger Corman on several films.

Crosby served as a cinematographer for the U.S. Army Air Corps film wing, and made flight training films in World War II. He left the Air Corps in 1946.

Personal life

On December 11, 1930,[4] he married Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead. She was the daughter of John Brinton Whitehead.[2] Together, they had two children:

Crosby divorced in 1960, and married Betty Cormack Andrews in the same year. He retired in 1972[3] to Ojai, California, where he died in 1985.

Selected filmography


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