Photographer Phil Stern dies at 95

Phil Stern, the well known American photographer, passed away on Saturday, at the age of 95. Phil Stern was responsible for few of the coziest portraits of Hollywood actors, including James Dean, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and among others, died Saturday, his rep confirmed.

Brett Ratner, the director and his longtime friend, uploaded an old picture with Phil on Instagram early Sunday. Phil worked as a special still cameraman on movies ranging from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Guys and Dolls,” and his work appeared in popular magazines like Life, Vanity Fair, Look and several others. Also, he contributed photography for albums by Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Liza Minnelli.

His photographs of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean have become iconic. Among the other celebs – he took snaps of were Sammy Davis Jr., Orson Welles, Joan Crawford and Louis Armstrong. Phil also took photographs of US President Kennedy’s inauguration.

Stern fell in love with photography long before he clicked the popular faces on movie. As a teenager, Phil worked as an apprentice in a New York studio as well as a local police photographer. Later he turned into a combat photographer when he was just 21 years of age. He won over Col. William O. Darby to allow him join his elite unit. There he clicked picture of the second World War and was adorned with a Purple Heart for all his services.

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