Petro Vlahos Net Worth

Petro Vlahos Net Worth is
$1.9 Million

Petro Vlahos Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Petro Vlahos (Greek: ?????? ??????; August 20, 1916 – February 10, 2013), was an engineer and inventor, considered to be one of the pioneering scientific and technical innovators of the motion picture and television industries. Vlahos consistently devised solutions that made the modern blockbuster possible - he is remembered in particular for combining and refining the chroma key process colloquially known as "bluescreening" with motion control camera technology to create the modern special effects shot. In recognition of his contributions he was awarded multiple Oscars, as well as an Emmy Award.
IMDB Wikipedia

Date Of BirthAugust 20, 1916
Place Of BirthRaton, New Mexico, U.S.
ProfessionSpecial Effects, Miscellaneous Crew
EducationUniversity of California at Berkeley
Star SignLeo
1Vlahos was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences many times, starting with a Scientific and Technical Award in 1960 for a camera flicker indicating device. He earned an Oscar statuette in 1964 for color traveling matte composite cinematography and another in 1994 for the Ultimatte electronic blue-screen compositing process, the first of its kind. He received the Medal of Commendation in 1992 and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, in 1993.
2Vlahos' achievements also include his work on sodium and color difference traveling matte systems. His version of the sodium system was used on dozens of Disney films, including Mary Poppins, The Love Bug (1969) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and was borrowed by Alfred Hitchcock for The Birds (1963) and by Warren Beatty for Dick Tracy (1990). Vlahos developed the color difference system (the perfected blue-screen system) for Ben-Hur (1959) and such scenes as its legendary chariot race. It was used in hundreds of films, including the first Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones films.
3Vlahos had more than 35 patents for camera crane motor controls, screen brightness meters, safe squib systems, cabling designs and junction boxes, projection screens, optical sound tracks and even sonar. He created analog and digital hardware and software versions of Ultimatte. As a result, every green- or blue-screen shot today employs variants of the Vlahos technique.
4Son of Greek immigrants.
5Father of Paul Vlahos.
6He showed an early interest in electronics and ham radio. He received his engineering degree from the University of California (Berkeley). During WWII, he worked as a designer at Douglas Aircraft, and later as a radar engineer at Bell Laboratories.
7He was a special-effects pioneer in blue- and green-screen compositing. His work made possible some of the special effects seen in Mary Poppins (1964), Ben-Hur (1959), The Birds (1963), and some of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films.
8After the war, he moved to California armed with a reference from the head of Bell Labs to Douglas Shearer, sound director and the de facto head of R&D at MGM. He worked in movie production as a design engineer, field engineer, and systems engineer.

Special Effects

Avatar2009special effects engineer - uncredited
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope1977special effects engineer - uncredited
Mary Poppins1964special effects engineer - uncredited
The Birds1963special effects engineer - uncredited
The Parent Trap1961special effects engineer - uncredited
The Absent Minded Professor1961special effects engineer - uncredited
Ben-Hur1959special effects engineer - uncredited


Battle Beyond the Stars1980technical advisor


The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Technical Award Winner (pre-recorded)
Movie Magic1995TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Visual Effects / Inventor (In Memoriam)

Won Awards

1995Academy Award of MeritAcademy Awards, USA
1994Gordon E. Sawyer AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1993Medal of CommendationAcademy Awards, USA

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1978Special AwardPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Engineering DevelopmentFor the invention and development of the ULTIMATTE video-matting device.
1965Academy Award of MeritAcademy Awards, USA
1961Technical Achievement AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor a camera flicker indicating device.

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