Robert Paynter

Robert William Paynter BSC (12 March 1928 – 20 October 2010) was an English cinematographer.[1]

Robert Paynter
Robert William Paynter

(1928-03-12)March 12, 1928
London, England
DiedOctober 20, 2010(2010-10-20) (aged 82)
Isle of Wight, England

After leaving the Mercers' School in the City of London at the age of 15, Paynter entered the film industry as a camera trainee with the Government Film Department.

He is known for his collaborations with John Landis and Michael Winner.


John LandisEdit

Paynter worked with director John Landis on five films: An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Thriller, Into the Night and Spies Like Us. Paynter helped to create a "pop" comic book-style for American Werewolf, Thriller and Into the Night.[2] He also made a cameo in three Landis' productions: Into the Night (as Security Guard), Spies like Us (as Dr. Gill) and Burke and Hare.

Michael WinnerEdit

Winner collaborated on 10 films with Paynter (from 1969 to 1984), including: The Big Sleep (1978) and Scream for Help (1984).




  1. ^ Obituary London Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2010. Telegraph
  2. ^ Robert Paynter on IMDb

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