American photographer Ron Galella, hailed as one of the first paparazzi photographers, relives his career in a TV programme to be broadcast on BBC One tonight.

Hailed by Time magazine as the ?Godfather of the US paparazzi culture? Galella is renowned for his tenacity in pursuit of a story.

This led him to having his jaw broken by Marlon Brando, court battles with Jackie Kennedy and a ?serious beating? from Richard Burton?s bodyguards.

The programme, Smash His Camera, is due to be shown on BBC One at 10.35pm.

A BBC spokesman said: ?In this film, the award-winning programme-maker Leon Gast follows Galella as he revisits some of his old haunts and recalls his encounters with the stars who have tried ? and usually failed – to evade his lens.?

The native New Yorker began his career as a photographer in the US Air Force before taking a photojournalism degree at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

His career, which has spanned more than 40 years, has seen him capture more than three million photos.


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