John Franklin Kiser Jr., 64, `Godfather' cinematographer

October 09, 1999

John Franklin Kiser Jr., a Baltimore native and retired cinematographer whose film career included work on "The Godfather," died Oct. 2 of cancer at his Accomac, Va. farm. He was 64.

Reared in Roland Park, Mr. Kiser attended St. Paul's School for Boys and West Nottingham Academy in Rising Sun. He later attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

His career as a cameraman began with the 1966 Joanne Woodward and Sean Connery film, "A Fine Madness." He later worked on "Paint Your Wagon," "Camelot," "Ice Station Zebra" and "The Fisher King," as well as "The Godfather."

His television work included "The Dukes of Hazard, "The Waltons," "The Greatest American Hero," "Spencer for Hire," "A Man Called Hawk" and "The North and the South."

His 1965 marriage to the former Melanie Carroll Dorsey ended in divorce. A memorial service is pending in Accomac, Va.

He is survived by two sons, John Michael Kiser of Ocean City and David Carroll Kiser of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a brother, Frank Sands Kiser of Ocean City; and a sister, Mary Read Cooper of Vienna, Va.

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