Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS, was born in Australia. He was mainly raised in Cape Town, South Africa, where his father was a dentist and his mother was a makeup artist who worked with still photographers specializing in fashion advertising. Beebe explored the possibilities of still photography in high school, but his interest shifted to cinema. He studied FIRST at Pretoria Technical College for a year and then moved back to Australia to study at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney, Australia, where he won an Australian Film Australian Award and an Australian Cinematographers Society Golden Tripod Award for two of his student films. After graduation, Beebe worked for a small production company in Sydney that specialized in music videos.
He earned his first narrative feature credit in 1992 for Crush, only a year after graduating from college. Beebe compiled around a half a dozen documentary and feature film credits during the following five to six years. He won a Golden Tripod Award in the annual Australian Cinematographers Society competition for Down Rusty Down in 1997.
Beebe moved to Los Angeles the following year when his wife enrolled at the American Film Institute. He earned his first U.S. film credit for My Own Country, a Showtime movie that aired in 1998. Beebe compiled a half a dozen feature film credits during the next three to four years, including Praise, Holy Smoke, Forever Lulu and Charlotte Gray.
He earned a 2003 Oscar nomination for Chicago. The following year Beebe received another Golden Tripod Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society for In the Cut. He and Paul Cameron shared Outstanding Achievement Award nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers and top honors from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Collateral in 2005. His film Memoirs of a Geisha took top honors in the feature film competition at the 20th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards.