Phil Stern, Renowned Photographer to the Stars, Dead at 95

Stern’s famous subjects included Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Frank Sinatra

Last Updated: December 14, 2014 @ 7:15 PM

Photographer Phil Stern, who captured some of the most iconic images of Hollywood stars including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Frank Sinatra, has died at age 95.

Director Brett Ratner shared the news Sunday morning on Instagram and Twitter, writing: “My good friend pictured here passed today! #PhilStern 95 year old Legendary photographer.”

Stern’s New York-based licensing representative, Geoff Katz, confirmed his death to the Los Angeles Times.

Stern was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 3, 1919, according to his website.

He enlisted in the Army and served as a combat photographer during World War II.

After gaining a reputation for making idols out of the ordinary soldier
on the battlefield, Stern then proved adept at catching the human side of many
Hollywood greats and began shooting for Life, Look and other magazines.

Stern became famous for his photos of the likes of James Dean, Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as Monroe.

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Even into his 70s, he could be seen scrambling around Hollywood on his moped to shoot his assignments.

As he got older, his activities turned more and more toward archiving his huge collection. He eventually needed help getting around, but he remained as sharp as a tack, if not a bit more cantankerous than he used to be.

In 1993, he released the book “Phil Stern’s Hollywood,” featuring 90 black-and-white photographs showcasing his work from the 1940s through the  970s. In 2003, he released “Phil Stern: A Life’s work.”

City News Service contributed to this report