Oscar nominated cinematographer, Richard H. Kline, perhaps best known for his work on the 1976 version of King Kong, died on Tuesday. He was 91.
Born in 1926, Kline came from a long line of cinematographers. His father and two uncles were all members of the American Society of Cinematographers, which Kline's uncle, Philip Rosen, co-founded. Kline's father, Benjamin, got him a job in the camera department of Columbia Pictures as soon as he graduated high school. So upon joining the Navy in 1944, he was qualified to work on the branch's camera unit .
After the Navy, Kline became a camera assistant and operator on over 200 films before transitioning into the role of cinematographer. His first cinematography credit is on 1966's Chamber of Horrors, a forgettable B-movie. His second, Camelot, in 1967, earned him his first Oscar nomination. His second Oscar nomination came in 1973, for King Kong.
Throughout his career, Kline did cinematography for dozens of genre films, including The Andromeda Strain (1971), Soylent Green (1973), Battle For the Planet of the Apes (1973), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Death Wish II (1982), Howard the Duck (1986), and My Stepmother is an Alien (1988). His final credit was on the 1997 Rodney Dangerfield comedy, Meet Wally Sparks.
Kline is survived by his children Paul Kline and Rija Kline Zucker, and four grandchildren.