Jack N. Green

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
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
1974 Win, Place or Steal Assistant Camera Richard Bailey
1975 Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York Assistant Camera Sidney J. Furie
Rooster Cogburn Assistant Camera

Uncredited; with Craig Denault

Stuart Millar
1976 Fighting Mad Camera Operator Jonathan Demme
1978 Every Which Way but Loose Camera Operator James Fargo
1979 Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker Camera Operator

Television film

Ted Post
1980 Bronco Billy Camera Operator Clint Eastwood
Any Which Way You Can Camera Operator

with Douglas Ryan

Buddy Van Horn
1981 Midnight Offerings Camera Operator

Television film

Rod Holcomb
1982 Firefox Camera Operator Clint Eastwood
48 Hrs. Camera Operator

Uncredited; with Rick Neff

Walter Hill
Honkytonk Man Camera Operator Clint Eastwood
1983 Sudden Impact Camera Operator
Uncommon Valor 2nd Unit Director of Photography

with Stephen H. Burum

Ted Kotcheff
1984 Tightrope Camera Operator

with Billy Bragg

Richard Tuggle
Beverly Hills Cop Camera Operator Martin Brest
Starman Camera Operator

Uncredited; with George Kohut, Chris Schwiebert, David L. Butler, Ray De La Motte and Jan Kiesser

John Carpenter
1985 Pale Rider Camera Operator Clint Eastwood
Volunteers Additional Photography

with Ric Waite

Nicholas Meyer
Rocky IV Camera Operator

with Eric D. Andersen, James R. Connell, John J. Connor, Robert Ennis, Michael Genne, Philip Linzey, Rod Parkhurst, Brenton Spencer and Tony Westman

Sylvester Stallone
1986 Pretty in Pink Camera Operator Howard Deutch
Out of Bounds Camera Operator Richard Tuggle
Ratboy Camera Operator Sondra Locke
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 True Crime
Girl, Interrupted James Mangold
2000 Space Cowboys Clint Eastwood
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
2009 Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Visual Consultant Evgeny Afineevsky
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 The Letters William Riead
Left Behind Vic Armstrong

Awards and nominations


  1. Kay Weniger: Das große Personenlexikon des Films. Band 3, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3, p. 375.
  2. "JACK N. GREEN". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  3. "JACK N. GREEN". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
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