Henry Freulich, whose career with a camera began with Lon Chaneys Sr.'s "Hunchback of Notre Dame" in 1922, blossomed when he filmed more than 100 of "The Three Stooges" comedies and ended with television melodramas, is dead.
Freulich was 79 when he died in his sleep Tuesday in his Los Angeles home.
He had broken into film work as a still photographer at First National Pictures and moved to Columbia as a camera operator after Warner Bros. took over First National.
At Columbia he rose to second cameraman and helped film the highly acclaimed "It Happened One Night" with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
Freulich became a full-fledged cinematography director and member of the American Society of Cinematographers at age 27, making him the then youngest member of the society.