L. William O'Connell

L. William O'Connell (sometimes credited as L.W. O'Connell, and nicknamed "Connie") was an American cinematographer who worked in Hollywood for decades, beginning during the silent era.[1] He frequently worked with directors Howard Hawks and William K. Howard.[2][3][4][5]

L. William O'Connell
Lewis William O'Connell

July 31, 1890
Chicago, Illinois, USA
DiedFebruary 1985 (aged 94)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse(s)Joyce Burns


William was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Lewis O'Connell and Caroline Stumpf. He appears to have started his career as a cinematographer around 1918, although he left Los Angeles for a time while serving in World War I, working as an army photographer in Siberia.[6] By 1930, he was the head cameraman at Fox.[7] He married Joyce Burns, a Busby Berkeley dancing girl, and the pair had a son, Lew, together, who became a sound editor in the film industry.[8]

Selected filmography


  1. American Cinematographer (1949). Media History Digital Library. Los Angeles, The A.S.C. Agency, Inc. 1949.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. Hawks, Howard (2006). Howard Hawks: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-57806-833-3.
  3. McBride, Joseph (2013-11-05). Hawks on Hawks. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-4431-3.
  4. Davis, Ronald L. (2012-09-06). Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-8646-7.
  5. "Communiques From the Film Front". The Los Angeles Times. 28 Jan 1942. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  6. "White Collar Death Mark". The Los Angeles Times. 28 Mar 1919. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  7. "7 Bodies Hunted at Air Disaster Scene". The Oakland Tribune. 3 Jan 1930. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  8. Lees, Alfred; Nelson, Ronald (2018-10-24). Longtime Companions: Autobiographies of Gay Male Fidelity. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-78985-7.
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