Johannes “Hans” Bartholowsky was born in Germany on Aug. 1, 1868. Bartholowsky settled in Los Angeles in 1889. Beginning with the silent movies, he worked for many years as a special effects artist for Cecil B. DeMille.
He died in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 1962.
Bartholowsky started working in 1918 at the Lasky Studios when the glass shot technique was in use. He also worked as scenic artist for Paramount during the thirties. He latter became matte artist working at Columbia studio until he moved across to Warner Brothers probably some time in the early forties to work under Byron Haskin.