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James Crabe; Award-Winning Cameraman

May 05, 1989

James Crabe, an award-winning cinematographer, died Tuesday at a Sherman Oaks hospital of the complications of AIDS.

He was 57 and was nominated for an Oscar in 1980 for "The Formula"--the George C. Scott and Marlon Brando thriller--and won an Emmy for the television film "The Letter." He received Emmy nominations for "The Entertainer," "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" and "Baby M."

His other motion pictures included "Save the Tiger," "Rocky" and the first two versions of "The Karate Kid." Crabe also was cameraman on several commercials. Two of them, for Marlboro and Max Factor, won Clio Awards, the most coveted prize in the advertising industry.

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