GREENWICH, Conn. – Peter G. Garbarini, a 61-year Greenwich resident and award-winning cinematographer, died Friday, Sept. 14, on his 95th birthday.
Garbarini grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was drafted into the Army during World War II in 1941. He served in Europe as a staff sergeant with the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After returning home from the war in 1945, Garbarini attended New York University Film School. He then went to work for Hartley Productions for several years before joining the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators Local 644, Local 600 in New York City and Local 659 in California.
A director of photography and camera operator, Garbarini was nominated for two Academy Awards in the short subject category. He received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for his work on "Eleanor and Franklin."
Garbarini also worked on "Endless Love," "King Kong," "Fame," "Annie," "Marathon Man" and many other films and shows.
He retired from filmmaking after 40 years and last worked on "Ghostbusters." He remained active after retiring, building a new home, fishing on his boat, playing bridge with friends and enjoying holidays with his family.
Garbarini is survived by twin sons, Ronald P. Garbarini and Richard J. Garbarini; his wife, Dolores Garbarini; a brother, James Garbarini; a sister, Livia Herman; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Ursula; and a brother, Arthur Gary.
Funeral services will be private.