George Spiro Dibie, Emmy-Winning Sitcom Cinematographer, Dies at 90

George Spiro Dibie, the Jerusalem-born cinematographer who worked on comedies such as Barney Miller, Night Court, Growing Pains, and Sister, Sister, has died aged 90 years old.

Dibie died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, according to a spokeswoman for the International Cinematographers Guild. He was president of Local 659 from 1984 until 2004, and then national president of Local 600 after the merger.

Dibie went to L.A. before graduating in 1959, he attended City College and then the Pasadena Playhouse, where he studied lighting and directing alongside Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman.

Dibie stated that he learned a great deal about lighting from renowned cinematographer James Wong Howe.

Dibie’s television debut occurred in 1975 when executive producer Danny Arnold tapped him as a lighting consultant on Barney Miller.

Dibie described what a cinematographer does on a sitcom in a July 2010 interview for the Television Academy Foundation website The Interviews.

Editors Note: Story “DIBIE-DIES-AT-90” corrected on 09.02.2022 21:59


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