Leonetti, Matthew F. 1941–

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Leonetti, Matthew F. 1941–

(Matt Leonetti, Matthew Leonetti)


Full name, Matthew Frank Leonetti; born 1941; son of Frank Leonetti (a gaffer and owner of a rental business for the film industry); brother of John R. Leonetti (a director of photography and director); children: Matthew F. Leonetti, Jr. (a director and producer). Education: Loyola Marymount University, degree in finance.


Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Cinematographer and photographer for films. Worked on commercials. Also an inventor. Military service: Served in the U.S. Army.


American Society of Cinematographers.


Film Cinematographer:

The Bat People (also known as It Lives by Night and It's Alive), American International Pictures, 1974.

(As Matthew Leonetti) American Raspberry (also known as Prime Time), Cannon, 1977.

The Chicken Chronicles, Avco–Embassy, 1977.

Mr. Billion (also known as The Windfall), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1977.

Breaking Away (also known as Bambino), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1979.

Raise the Titanic, Associated Film Distribution, 1980.

Eyewitness (also known as The Janitor), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1981.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High, MCA/Universal, 1982.

The Buddy System, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1984.

The Ice Pirates, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1984.

Songwriter, TriStar, 1984.

Commando, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1985.

Fast Forward, Columbia, 1985.

Jagged Edge, Columbia, 1985.

Weird Science, Universal, 1985.

Dragnet, Universal, 1987.

Extreme Prejudice, TriStar, 1987.

Action Jackson, Warner Bros., 1988.

Red Heat, TriStar, 1988.

Johnny Handsome, TriStar, 1989.

Another 48 Hrs. (also known as Another 48 Hours), Paramount, 1990.

Hard to Kill (also known as Seven Year Storm), Warner Bros., 1990.

Dead Again, Paramount, 1991.

Leap of Faith, Paramount, 1992.

Angels in the Outfield (also known as Angels), Buena Vista, 1994.

A Low Down Dirty Shame (also known as Mister Cool), Buena Vista, 1994.

Strange Days, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1995.

Fled, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1996.

Star Trek: First Contact (also known as Star Trek: Borg, Star Trek: Destinies, Star Trek 8, Star Trek: Future Generations, Star Trek: Generations II, Star Trek: Renaissance, and Star Trek: Resurrection), Paramount, 1996.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (also known as Mortal Kombat 2), New Line Cinema, 1997.

Species II (also known as Species 2: Offspring and Species 2: Origins), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1998.

Star Trek: Insurrection (also known as Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek 9, Star Trek: IX, Star Trek: Prime Directive, Star Trek: Rebellion, and Star Trek: Stardust), Paramount, 1998.

Pushing Tin (also known as Turbulenzen—und andere Katastrophen), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Bear to the Right (short film), Creative Alley Productions, 2000.

Along Came a Spider (also known as Im Netz der Spinne and Le masque de l'araignee), Paramount, 2001.

Rush Hour 2, New Line Cinema, 2001.

2 Fast 2 Furious (also known as The Fast and the Furious 2), Universal, 2003.

The Butterfly Effect, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Dawn of the Dead, Universal, 2004.

Fever Pitch (also known as The Perfect Catch), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2005.

Santa's Slay, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Accepted, Universal, 2006.

Pride (also known as P.D.R.), Lions Gate Films, 2006.

The Heartbreak Kid (also known as Seven Day Itch and Untitled Farrelly Brothers Project), DreamWorks/Paramount, 2007.

Film Work; Other:

(As Matthew Leonetti) Assistant camera operator, Adam at Six A.M., National General Pictures, 1970.

Assistant camera operator, The Baby Maker, National General Pictures, 1970.

Executive producer, The Bat People (also known as It Lives by Night and It's Alive), American International Pictures, 1974.

Photographer, The Chicken Chronicles, Avco–Embassy, 1977.

Director of photography, Poltergeist, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1982.

Director of photography, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1986.

(As Matthew Leonetti) Additional photographer, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (also known as Elvira), New World Pictures, 1988.

Additional photographer, Cool World (live action and animated), Paramount, 1992.

(As Matt Leonetti) Additional photographer, Freejack, Warner Bros., 1992.

Additional director of photography, Demolition Man, Warner Bros., 1993.

Second unit director of photography, Pushing Tin (also known as Turbulenzen–und andere Katastrophen), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Television Cinematographer; Series:

The American Girls (also known as Have Girls Will Travel), CBS, 1978.

Tucker's Witch (also known as The Good Witch of Laurel Canyon), CBS, 1982.

Jessie, ABC, 1984.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

The Elevator, ABC, 1974.

Hurricane (also known as Hurricane Hunters), ABC, 1974.

It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy, ABC, 1974.

Terror on the 40th Floor (also known as The Blazing Tower), NBC, 1974.

The Deadly Tower (also known as Sniper), NBC, 1975.

Search for the Gods, ABC, 1975.

The Secret Night Caller, NBC, 1975.

The Call of the Wild, NBC, 1976.

Flight to Holocaust, NBC, 1977.

The Hostage Heart, CBS, 1977.

The Spell, NBC, 1977.

The Comedy Company, CBS, 1978.

A Fire in the Sky, NBC, 1978.

Ruby and Oswald (also known as Four Days in Dallas), CBS, 1978.

Special Olympics (also known as A Special Kind of Love), CBS, 1978.

Superdome, ABC, 1978.

Son–Rise: A Miracle of Love, NBC, 1979.

The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, NBC, 1979.

Willa, CBS, 1979.

Stand by Your Man, CBS, 1981.

Hotline, CBS, 1982.

Mae West, ABC, 1982.

Happy, CBS, 1983.

American Geisha, CBS, 1986.

Under the Influence, CBS, 1986.

Secret Witness, CBS, 1988.

Television Cinematographer; Pilots:

The Lives of Jenny Dolan, NBC, 1975.

High Risk, ABC, 1976.

Turnover Smith, ABC, 1980.

Crazy Times, ABC, 1981.

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