THOMAS DEL RUTH   ASC

Born: 1 May 1942, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA, as Thomas Anthony Del Ruth, son of film dir Roy Del Ruth [1895-1961] and actress Winnie Lightner [1899-1971].

Education: University of Heidelberg, West Germany [1961-62]; San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge, Los Angeles [now California State University]; University of Southern California [USC] [1964-65].

Career: Started as commercial print ad model and actor in 1965 after discharge from serving as a paratrooper in the US Army. 'After my discharge from the Army, I enrolled in Valley State College. I later transferred to the University of Southern California and took cinema classes while working as a messenger at Walt Disney Studios.' Became c.op in 1973. Became doph in 1978 on the tv-series 'Mrs. Columbo'.

In 1995 he directed ep #10 'Sightings' [ph: Hugo Cortina] of the tv-series 'JAG'.

His son Matthew is a c.asst; son Sean is a camera loader.

Awards: ASC Award nom [1994] for 'The X Files' [pilot]; ASC Award [1995] for 'ER' [pilot and ep 'Day One']; 'Emmy' Award nom [1995] for 'My Brother’s Keeper'; 'Emmy' Award [2000] & ASC Award nom [2000] for 'The West Wing' [pilot dir by Thomas Schlamme]; 'Emmy' Award [2001] & ASC Award [2001] for 'The West Wing' [ep #32 'Noel' dir by Thomas Schlamme]; ASC Award [2002] & 'Emmy' Award nom [2002] for 'The West Wing' [ep #54 'Bartlet for America' dir by Thomas Schlamme]; ASC Award nom [2002] & 'Emmy' Award nom [2003] for 'The West Wing' [ep #78 'Holy Night' dir by Thomas Schlamme]; ASC TV Award nom [2003] & 'Emmy' Award nom [2004] for 'The West Wing' [ep #91 '7A WF 83429' dir by Alex Graves]; ASC TV Award nom [2004] for 'The West Wing' [ep #109 'Gaza' dir by Christopher Misiano]; ASC TV Award nom [2005] for 'Code Breakers'; ASC TV Award nom [2006] & 'Emmy' Award nom [2007] for 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' (pilot); Fallbrook FF 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2008].



 FILMS

1979

Underground Aces [Robert Butler] c

1980

Motel Hell [Kevin Connor] c

1981

Death Wish II [Michael Winner] c; cph: Richard H. Kline

1981

Hysterical [Chris Bearde] c; addph; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1982

Blue Thunder [John Badham] p/c; addph; ph: John Alonzo

1983

Get Crazy/Flip Out [Allan Arkush] c

1983

Impulse [Graham Baker] c; aph: Frank Holgate

1984

Fandango [Kevin Reynolds] c; based on Reynolds' student (USC) short 'Proof' (1980)

1984

The Breakfast Club [John Hughes] c; ph Chicago: George Bouillet

1985

Quicksilver [Tom Donnelly] c

1985

Stand by Me [Rob Reiner] c

1986

The Running Man [Paul Michael Glaser (replaced Andrew Davis)] c; addph: Reynaldo Villalobos; spec vfx ph: Rick Fichter

1987

Cross My Heart [Armyan Bernstein] c

1987

Satisfaction/Girls of Summer/Sweet Little Rock and Roller [Joan Freeman] c

1988

Look Who's Talking/Daddy's Home [Amy Heckerling] c

1990

Look Who's Talking Too [Amy Heckerling] c; 2uc New York: Alec Hirschfeld; efx ph: Peter Anderson

1990

Little Sister/Mister Sister [Jimmy Zeilinger] c

1991

Kuffs [Bruce Evans] c

1992

The Mighty Ducks/Champions [Stephen Herek] c

1992

Amore!/The Last Paesan [Lorenzo Doumani] c 

1996

Leave It to Beaver [Andy Cadiff] c; addph: Dean Cundey & Robert Brinkmann

1997

Kissing a Fool [Doug Ellin] c

1998

Knockout [Lorenzo Doumani] p/c/V; cph: Hisham Abed

2009

Flipped [ Rob Reiner] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/ c


 TELEVISION

1978

Mrs. Columbo [ep #3 'A Riddle for Puppets' dir by Edward Abroms & #4 'Caviar with Everything' dir by Don Medford] 13-part series, 1979-80; 1st season, 1979; other ph: Alric Edens, Kenneth Peach Jr. & Isidore Mankofsky

1979

Mark, I Love You [Gunnar Hellstrom] tvm

1979

The Last Convertible [part 1 dir by Sidney Hayers & part 3 dir by Gus Trikonis] 3-part miniseries; part 2 dir by Jo Swerling Jr. and ph by Edward Rio Rotunno

1979

She's Dressed to Kill/Someone's Killing the World's Greatest Models [Gus Trikonis] tvm

1980

This House Possessed [William Wiard] tvm

1980

Elvis and the Beauty Queen [Gus Trikonis] tvm

1981

Help Wanted: Male [William Wiard] tvm

1981

The Wonderful World of Phillip Malley [Harry Falk] pilot

1981

Million Dollar Infield [Hal Cooper] tvm

1981

Simon & Simon [pilot 'Details at Eleven' dir by Corey Allen] 156-part series, 1981-88; 1st season, 1981-82; other ph: Lloyd Ahern II, Vincent Martinelli & Bradford May

1982

Paper Dolls [Edward Zwick] tvm

1982

In Love with an Older Woman [Jack Bender] tvm; addph: Charles Correll

1982

Who Will Love My Children? [John Erman] tvm

1982

Intimate Agony/Doctor in Paradise [Paul Wendkos] tvm

1982

Simon & Simon [ep #26 (2hr movie) 'Pirate's Key' dir by Corey Allen] 2nd season, 1982-83; see 1981

1983

Something About Amelia [Randa Haines] tvm; cph: Edward R. Brown

1983

Best Kept Secrets/Under Suspicion [Jerrold Freedman] tvm

1985

Code of Vengeance/Dalton [Rick Rosenthal] pilot; cph: Duke Callaghan

1986

Blind Justice/The Whole Truth [Rod Holcomb] tvm

1986

Who Is Julia? [Walter Grauman] tvm

1986

Outlaws [ep #1 'Outlaws' dir by Peter Werner] 12-part series, 1986-87

198?

The King and Me [?] ?

1987

Spies [Rod Holcomb] pilot

1988

Ladykillers [Robert M. Lewis] tvm

1988

Dream Breakers/The O'Connors/In Evil's Grasp [Stuart Millar] tvm

1989

Wolf [various] 12-part series, 1989-90; + co-prod

1991

T Bone n Weasel [Lewis Teague] tvm

1992

Barbarians at the Gate [Glenn Jordan] tvm; cph: Nic Knowland

1993

The X Files/The X-Files [pilot dir by Robert Mandel] 202-part series, 1993-2002; 1st season, 1993-94; other ph: John S. Bartley

1993

Donato and Daughter/Dead to Rights/Under Threat [Rod Holcomb] tvm

1993

Shattered Image [Fritz Kiersch] tvm

1993

House of Secrets/Conspiracy of Terror [Mimi Leder] tvm

1993

Royce [Rod Holcomb] tvm; 2uc: János Kende

1993

Next Door [Tony Bill] tvm; 2uc: Levie Isaacks; filmed 1993-94

1994

ER [pilot (2hrs) '24 Hours' dir by Rod Holcomb, ep #2 'Day One' dir by Mimi Leder & #3 'Going Home' dir by Mark Tinker] 331-part series, 1994-2009; 1st season, 1994-95; other ph: Richard C. Thorpe; video title of pilot: 'ER: The Series Premiere'

1994

My Brother's Keeper [Glenn Jordan] tvm

1994

[Truman Capote's] One Christmas [Tony Bill] tvm

1995

Abandoned and Deceived/ACES: The Gerry Jensen Story [Joseph Dougherty] tvm

1995

JAG [pilot (2-hour tvm & 2-part 'A New Life' for syndication) 'JAG' dir by Donald P. Bellisario (DPB), ep #3 'Shadow' dir by DPB, #4 'Desert Son' dir by Joe Napolitano, #5 'Déjà Vu' dir by Doug Lefler, #6 'Pilot Error' dir by Les Landau & #8 'Brig Break' dir by Jim Johnston] 227-part series, 1995-2005; 1st season, 1995-96; other ph: Hugo Cortina

1995

Courthouse [pilot dir by Ron Lagomarsino] 9-part series, 1995; other ph: Tim Suhrstedt & Michael Gershman

1996

Chasing the Dragon [Ian Sander] tvm

1996

[Danielle Steel's] Full Circle [Bethany Rooney] tvm

1996

Asteroid [Bradford May] 2-part tvm; cph: David Hennings

1996

When the Cradle Falls [Paul Schneider] tvm

1997

The Underworld [Rod Holcomb] pilot

1997

It Came from the Sky [Jack Bender] tvm

1998

Charmed [ep #1 'Something Wicca This Way Comes' dir by John T. Kretchmer + 6 ep dir by various] 178-part series, 1998-2006; 1st season, 1998-99; other ph: Michael Negrin, Geoffrey Schaaf & Rick Gunter

1999

Down Will Come Baby [Gregory Goodell] tvm

1999

The West Wing [pilot dir by Thomas Schlamme + 19 ep dir by various] 154-part series, 1999-2006; 1st season, 1999-2000 (22 ep); other ph: Rick Bota (ep #21 & #22); the pilot was shot on 16mm, but the series switched to 35mm after being picked up

2000

The West Wing [all (22) ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2000-01 (22 ep); see 1999

2001

The West Wing [special 'Isaac and Ishmael' dir by Christopher Misiano + 20 ep dir by various] 3rd season, 2001-02 (21 ep + special); other ph: James Glennon (ep #54 'H.Con-172'); see 1999

2002

The West Wing [22 ep dir by various] 4th season, 2002-03 (23 ep); other ph: Anette Haellmigk (#78 'The Long Goodbye'); see 1999

2003

The West Wing [all (22) ep dir by various] 5th season, 2003-04 (22 ep); ep #106 'Access' (d: Alex Graves) was filmed with HDcam; see 1999

2004

The West Wing [ep #111 'NSF Thurmont' dir by Alex Graves] 6th season, 2004-05 (22 ep); other ph: Michael Mayers, Dean Cundey, Philip Holahan & Anette Haellmigk; see 1999

2004

Heartless/Lethal Seduction [Robert Markowitz] tvm

2005

The Book of Daniel [pilot 'Temptation' dir by James Frawley] 8-part (4 unaired) series, 2006; other ph: John Beymer

2005

Code Breakers [Rod Holcomb] tvm; for ESPN-tv

2006

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [pilot dir by Thomas Schlamme + 13 ep dir by various] 22-part series, 2006-07; other ph: Dennis Hall


 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1964

Peyton Place [various; 514-part tv-series, 1964-69] c.asst; ph: Dale Deverman, a.o.

1965

Batman [various; 120-part tv-series, 1966-68] c.asst; ph: Sam Leavitt, Ralph Woolsey, a.o.

1965

The Sand Pebbles [Robert Wise] c.asst; ph: Joseph MacDonald

1966

Tobruk [Arthur Hiller; 2ud: Joseph Kane] c.asst 2u; 2uc: ?; ph: Russell Harlan

1966

Divorce American Style [Bud Yorkin] c.asst; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1966

Doctor Dolittle [Richard Fleischer] c.asst; ph: Robert Surtees

1967

Valley of the Dolls [Mark Robson] c.asst; ph: William H. Daniels

1967

Planet of the Apes [Franklin J. Schaffner] c.asst; ph: Leon Shamroy

1967

The Sweet Ride [Harvey Hart] c.asst; ph: Robert B. Hauser

1968

The Detective [Gordon Douglas] c.asst; ph: Joseph F. Biroc

1968

Bandolero! [Andrew V. McLaglen] c.asst; ph: William H. Clothier

1968

The Boston Strangler [Richard Fleischer] c.asst; Richard H. Kline

1968

The Secret Life of an American Wife [George Axelrod] c.asst; ph: Leon Shamroy

1968

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here [Abraham Polonsky] co-c.asst; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1968

Justine [George Cukor (replaced Joseph Strick)] c.asst; ph: Leon Shamroy

1968

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [George Roy Hill] c.asst; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1968

Tora! Tora! Tora! [Richard Fleischer, a.o.] c.asst 2u; 2uc: David & Michael Butler; ph: Charles F. Wheeler

1969

The Happy Ending [Richard Brooks] c.asst; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1969

Patton [Franklin Schaffner] co-c.asst; ph: Fred Koenekamp

1969

Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge [Michael Sarne] c.asst; ph: Richard Moore

1970

Brewster McCloud [Robert Altman] c.asst; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1970

The Wild Country [Robert Totten] 2nd c.asst; ph: Frank Phillips

1971

Fat City [John Huston] c.asst; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1971

Play It As It Lays [Frank Perry] c.asst; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1972

Electra Glide in Blue [James William Guercio] c.asst; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1972

Birds of Prey [William A. Graham; tvm] c.asst; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1972

Cry for Me, Billy/Apache Massacre/Count Your Bullets/Face to the Wind/The Long Tomorrow/Naked Revenge [William A. Graham] c.asst; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1973

Zandy's Bride/For Better, for Worse [Jan Troell] c.asst; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1973

Coonskin/Bustin' Out/Streetfight [Ralph Bakshi] c.op; ph: William Fraker

1973

The Day of the Locust [John Schlesinger] co-c.op; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1973

Aloha, Bobby and Rose [Floyd Mutrux] c.op; ph: William Fraker

1974

Melvin Purvis: G-Man/The Legend of Machine Gun Kelly [Dan Curtis; tvm] c.op; ph: Jacques R. Marquette

1974

The Front Page [Billy Wilder] c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1974

Smile [Michael Ritchie] c.op; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1974

The Great Waldo Pepper [George Roy Hill] c.op; ph: Robert Surtees

1975

Sparkle [Sam O'Steen] c.op; ph: Bruce Surtees

1975

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox [Melvin Frank] c.op; ph: Joseph F. Biroc

1975

Gable and Lombard [Sidney Furie] c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1975

The Outlaw Josey Wales [Clint Eastwood (replaced Philip Kaufman)] co-c.op; ph: Bruce Surtees

1976

The Shootist [Don Siegel] c.op; ph: Bruce Surtees

1976

Rolling Thunder [John Flynn] c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1976

The Enforcer/Moving Target [James Fargo] co-c.op; ph: Charles W. Short

1976

Three Warriors [Kieth Merrill] co-c.op; ph: Bruce Surtees

1976

Citizens Band/Handle with Care [Jonathan Demme] c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1976

Raid on Entebbe [Irvin Kershner; tvm] co-c.op; ph: Bill Butler

1977

Testimony of Two Men [Leo Penn & Larry Yust; tv-miniseries] c.op; ph: Jim Dickson & Isidore Mankofsky

1977

Big Wednesday/Summer of Innocence [John Milius] co-c.op; ph: Bruce Surtees

1977

It Happened One Christmas [Donald Wrye; tvm] c.op; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1977

[Arthur Hailey's] Wheels [Jerry London; tv-miniseries] c.op; ph: Jacques R. Marquette

1978

Hawaii Five-0 [5 ep dir by various; 284-part tv-series, 1968-80; 11th season, 1978-79] c.op; ph: Jacques Marquette

1978

Crash/Crash of Flight 401 [Barry Shear; tvm] c.op; ph: Jacques Marquette & James Pergola (Florida seq)