Cousin of Kay Kendall.
Father of Mason Cardiff
Fond words of remembrance written by lifelong admirer, Martin Scorsese, for "Time" magazine's milestones tribute (Issue: May 11, 2009). Scorsese had previously written the forward to Cardiff's acclaimed autobiography, "Magic Hour: The Life of a Cameraman" (1996).
Has 4 sons: John, Rodney, Peter and Mason.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's 2000 New Year's Honours list for his services to cinematography.
He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
His two Academy Awards (1947, Cinematography; 2000, Honorary Award) came 53 years apart. This the record for 1) most years between first and and last Academy Awards and 2) longest hiatus between Academy Awards.
Honorary Member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians (GBCT).
Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (B.S.C.).
Patron of The Brighton Film School
Presented the 'Best New Director' award to Alice Nellis for Some Secrets (2002) (Some Secrets) at the San Sebastián International Film Festival: 2002
Received a honorary Oscar in 2001.
Was one of the only photographers Marilyn Monroe trusted to make her look beautiful. He took many photos of her during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).