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Victor J. Kemper Cause of Death

Renowned cinematographer Victor J. Kemper, celebrated for his work on iconic films such as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” has passed away at the age of 96.

The news of Kemper’s demise was confirmed by American Cinematographer, the esteemed international publication of the American Society of Cinematographers, via social media.

One of Kemper’s standout achievements was his contribution to the biographical crime drama “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975), directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. The film, depicting the real-life events of a 1972 bank robbery and hostage situation in Brooklyn, earned six Academy Award nominations and secured a place in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Kemper enjoyed a lasting collaboration with director Arthur Hiller, with joint ventures including “The Tiger Makes Out” (1969) and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (1989). His cinematic prowess also extended to collaborations with esteemed directors like John Cassavetes, Anthony Harvey, Michael Ritchie, Elaine May, J. Lee Thompson, and Elia Kazan, among others.

Born on April 14, 1927, in Newark, N.J., Kemper graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. His journey in the film industry commenced as an assistant working on commercials at EUE Studios in New York City.

Kemper’s illustrious career in feature films spanned from the 1960s to the 2000s, encompassing over sixty films. Notable entries in his filmography include “The Jerk” (1979), “The Final Countdown” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), “Clue” (1985), and “Beethoven” (1992).

A dedicated member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Kemper served twice as the organization’s president and received the ASC’s lifetime achievement award in 1998, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the world of cinematography.