Billy Bitzer
Date of Birth
Apr 21, 1872
Birth Place:
Roxbury, MA


A onetime silversmith and novelty manufacturer, 24-year old G.W. "Billy" Bitzer began working for the motion picture company that would later be known as Biograph in 1896. Initially hired as an electrician, Bitzer soon became indispensable to Biograph as the company's chief photographer, concentrating on news events and vaudeville sketches. The troubleshooting Bitzer was on the ground floor of...