Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 – September 30, 1985) was an Academy Award winning American cinematographer, descendant of the Van Rensselaer family, and father of musicians Ethan and David Crosby.
Floyd Delafield Crosby
December 12, 1899
West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||September 30, 1985 85) (aged|
Ojai, California, United States
Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead
(m. 1930; div. 1960)
(m. 1960; his death 1985)
|Relatives||Francis Delafield (grandfather)|
Edward Henry Delafield (uncle)
Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd (née Delafield) and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby. Through his maternal grandmother, he was descended from the prominent Van Rensselaer family.
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. 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.
On December 11, 1930, he married Aliph Van Cortlandt Whitehead. She was the daughter of John Brinton Whitehead. Together, they had two children:
- Ethan Crosby (1937–1997), a reclusive singer-songwriter
- David Crosby (born 1941), a member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Crosby divorced in 1960, and married Betty Cormack Andrews in the same year. He retired in 1972 to Ojai, California, where he died in 1985.
- Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
- Mato Grosso: the Great Brazilian Wilderness (1931)
- The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936)
- The River (1937)
- The Fight for Life (1940)
- Power and the Land (1940)
- It's All True
- The Land (1942)
- Traffic with the Devil (1946)
- My Father's House (1947)
- Of Men and Music (1950)
- The Brave Bulls (1952)
- Devil Take Us (1952)
- High Noon (1952)
- The Steel Lady (1953)
- Five Guns West (1954)
- Naked Paradise (1956)
- Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956)
- Rock All Night (1956)
- She Gods of Shark Reef (1957)
- The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
- The Screaming Skull (1958)
- War of the Satellites (1958)
- Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)
- I, Mobster (1958)
- The Cry Baby Killer (1958)
- The Wonderful Country (1959)
- Crime and Punishment U.S.A. (1959)
- Freckles (1960)
- House of Usher (1960)
- The Explosive Generation (1960)
- The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
- A Cold Wind in August (1961)
- The Premature Burial (1962)
- Tales of Terror (1962)
- Hand of Death (1962)
- The Young Racers (1963)
- The Raven (1963)
- The Yellow Canary (1963)
- X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
- Black Zoo (1963)
- The Haunted Palace (1963)
- Sallah Shabati (1964)
- Comedy of Terrors (1964)
- Pajama Party (1964)
- Indian Paint (1965)
- Fireball 500 (1966)
- The Cool Ones (1967)
- Floyd D. Crosby biography, All Movie.
- "ALIPH WHITEHEAD TO WED F.D. CROSBY; New York Girl's Engagement Is Announced by Her Parents. SHE IS IN JUNIOR LEAGUE Her Fiance Is a Grandson of the Late Dr. and Mrs. Francis C. Delafield". The New York Times. 5 December 1930. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- "Floyd Crosby", Great Cinematographers.
- "ALIPH WHITEHEAD WEDS F.D. CROSBY; Dr. Darlington Officiates at Ceremony in Chapel of Church of the Heavenly Rest. FEW WITNESS CEREMONY John B. Whitehead Gives His Daughter in Marriage--Wedding Trip to South America". The New York Times. 12 December 1930. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
- Times, Special To The New York (28 March 1952). "MRS. F. V. S. CROSBY, WIDOW OF FINANCIER". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.