BSC Members Roster – Past Full Accredited

Wilkie Cooper BSC

Category: Past Full Accredited

Role: Cinematographer

Website: IMDb

19.10.1911– 15.12.2001.


Former child actor and son of silent era pioneer, British cameraman, Douglas Percival "Dippy" Cooper. Began working behind the camera as an assistant to Georges Périnal BSC at Alexander Korda's Denham Studio. Promoted to Director of Photography in the 1940's, he went on to work with filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Michael Balcon, Frank Launder & Sidney Gilliatt, Raoul Walsh and Ray Harryhausen, among others.

His early career included Green for Danger (1946) and London Belongs to Me (1948) for producer-director team Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, Stage Fright (1950) for Alfred Hitchcock, and Undercover (1943 Directed by Sergei Nolbandov) for Ealing Studios. He worked with director, Jack Cardiff on Web of Evidence (1956), a thriller starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles and worked with J. Lee Thompson on the Wernher von Braun biopic I Aim at the Stars (1960) and co-produced with Monty Berman and photographed Sea of Sand (1958 Directed by Guy Green).

He forged a partnership with special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen in later years, photographing several of his productions, including The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and First Men in the Moon (1964).

Cooper retired in 1972. He was married to actress Peggy Bryan, whom he outlived.