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Ackerman, Thomas E.

Ackerman, Thomas E.

(Thomas Ackerman)


Born in Cedar Rapids, IA; father, a movie theatre projectionist. Education: Graduated from University of Iowa.

Addresses: Agent—Melanie Ramsayer, Gersh Agency, 232 North Cannon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Cinematographer and producer. Began career as photographer for documentary films and political advertisements; photographer for numerous music videos and commercials; also worked as camera operator. Military service: U.S. Air Force, documentary filmmaker; served in Vietnam and Thailand; became captain.

Member: International Cinematographers Guild, American Society of Cinematographers.


Film Cinematographer:

The Last of the Cowboys (also known as The Great Smokey Roadblock), 1976.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (documentary; also known as Nostradamus), 1980.

New Year's Evil, Cannon, 1981.

Foxfire Light, Ramblin' Film, 1982.

Roadhouse 66, Atlantic Releasing, 1984.

(As Thomas Ackerman) Frankenweenie (short film), Buena Vista, 1984.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun, New World, 1985.

Back to School, Orion, 1986.

(As Thomas Ackerman) Beetle Juice, Warner Bros., 1988.

Moonwalker (also known as Michael Jackson: Moonwalker), Acteurs Auteurs Associes, 1988.

Moving, 1988.

(As Thomas Ackerman) Christmas Vacation (also known as National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" and National Lampoon's "Winter Holiday"), Warner Bros., 1989.

True Identity, Buena Vista, 1991.

Dennis the Menace (also known as Dennis), Warner Bros., 1993.

Baby's Day Out, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

Jumanji, TriStar, 1995.

(As Thomas Ackerman) George of the Jungle, Buena Vista, 1997.

The Eighteenth Angel, Rysher Entertainment, 1998.

My Favorite Martian (also known as My Favourite Martian), Buena Vista, 1999.

The Muse, October Films/USA Films, 1999.

Beautiful Joe, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000.

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (animated; also known as Die abenteuer von Rocky und Bullwinkle), Universal, 2000.

Rat Race (also known as Course folle), Paramount, 2001.

Cinemagique (short film), Walt Disney Attractions, 2002.

Snow Dogs (also known as Chiens des neiges), Buena Vista, 2002.

(And producer) Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time (music documentary), Digital Cinema Solutions, 2003.

The Battle of Shaker Heights, Miramax, 2003.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Paramount, 2003.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (also known as Anchorman), DreamWorks, 2004.

Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (also known as Anchorman: Wake-Up Ron Burgundy and Wake Up Ron Burgundy), DreamWorks, 2005.

Are We There Yet?, Columbia, 2005.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

Roots: One Year Later, 1978.

Talmage Farlow, 1981.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared in an episode of Project Greenlight, Bravo and HBO.



Cinematographer, Stevie Nicks: Live at Red Rocks (concert documentary), Lightyear Entertainment, 1987.



International Cinematographers Guild Web Site,, August 23, 2003.

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