Wilky, L. Guy

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Wilky, L. Guy Gender: M
born on 12 October 1888 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Phoenix, Arizona, 33n27, 112w04
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 19°28' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 21°19 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 21°37'


American photographer, cinematographer, and union organizer.

Although his interest in photography began when he was 10 years old, he studied mining in college. In the summer after his junior year at the University of Arizona he worked for the Lubin Manufacturing Company's Tucson unit.. He returned to his college studies, earned his BS in Mining engineering and rejoined Lubin, this time in New Mexico. There he met director, Romaine Fielding, who asked Wilky to take over for him at the camera. In August 1913, he made his first picture, " The Rattle Snake."

In October 1915, a camera-smitten Wilky left Lubin and New Mexico for California. He landed a job at Universal Studios but shortly afterward left to join the American Film Company. With the wartime economy during WWI, the company collapsed. Wilky managed to find himself, through an assortment of jobs and contacts, at Paramount Studios working with the DeMilles. His star was on the rise as a cinematographer but his social conscience and union activities got in the way. In the late 1920s, Wilky was active in union organizing activities of the International Photographers Union. The major studies blacklisted him and he was relegated to low-budget films as second cameraman. He finished his career at Columbia in the 1950s.

He died of a heart attack in Walnut Creek, California, on December 25, 1971.


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1913 (First movie)
  • Death by Heart Attack 25 December 1971 (in Walnut Creek, CA, age 83)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from birth certificate, a copy of which is now in PT's files


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Vocation : Art : Photography (Cinematography)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Production jobs (Ciinematography)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Union organizer)