Richard Fryer (cinematographer)

Richard Fryer (25 December 1894 9 February 1953), born Morris Kolsky, was a British-born Hollywood cinematographer.

Richard Fryer
Morris Kolsky

25 December 1894
Died9 February 1953 (1953-02-10) (aged 58)
Other namesDick Fryer
Years active19181945


Fryer was born Morris Kolsky in London in 1894, the son of tailor Marks Kolsky and his wife Annie.[1] On 14 May 1911, at the age of 18, he arrived in New York on board the ship "Majestic"; he was already showing his occupation as cinematographer as shown on the ship's manifest.[2] In 1928, when he applied for naturalization he was recorded as a motion picture cameraman living at 6600 Whitley Avenue (Hollywood Heights), Los Angeles.[3] He married Celia Wolf and together they had two daughters, Doris Mae Fryer in 1919 and Gloria Jean Fryer in 1925.


He was a prolific cinematographer who mainly worked on film serials. He is known for the serials Perils of Pauline, Tailspin Tommy, Flash Gordon and Black Arrow.[4]



  1. Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England,
  2. Manifests of Alien Passengers and Crew Members Who Arrived on Vessels at New York, New York. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  3. Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887-1940; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
  4. "Richard Fryer (1894–1953)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
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