John van den Broek

John van den Broek (1895 – June 29, 1918) was a Dutch born cinematographer. He is remembered primarily for his work on the films of Maurice Tourneur. Van den Broek died at 23 while filming the Tourneur directed film Woman in 1918. According to Tourneur's biographer Harry Waldman, Van den Broek was on a cliff in Maine filming some large waves when he got caught in a series of waves that carried him out to sea. His body was never recovered.[1][2]

John van den Broek
van den Broek, kneeling, with director Maurice Tourneur on left and cinematographer Lucien Andriot sitting at camera. On the set of The Poor Little Rich Girl
DiedJune 29, 1918
Schooner Head, Maine
Years active1914-1918

Partial filmography


  1. Maurice Tourneur: The Life and Films by Harry Waldman, c.2001, page 80
  2. Silent Film Necrology, 3rd Edition, c.2001, by Eugene Michael Vazzana; pg. 537
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