Thomas Del Ruth

Thomas Del Ruth, ASC
Born (1941-05-01) May 1, 1941
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Occupation Cinematographer[1]
Spouse(s) Patricia West-Del Ruth
Parent(s) Roy Del Ruth (film director)
Winnie Lightner (actress)

Thomas Del Ruth, ASC is an American cinematographer.


He was born on May 1, 1942, in Beverly Hills, California, United States. He is the son of film director Roy Del Ruth,[2] and actress Winnie Lightner. He was educated at the University of Southern California and began working as a commercial print model and actor after serving as a paratrooper in the US Army (1965).

Del Ruth switched from being in front of the camera to being behind it in 1966 and was promoted to director of photography in 1979 by Universal Studios. Del Ruth has received two Emmy Awards for outstanding cinematography as well as five additional Emmy nominations. In addition, he has won four American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Cinematography Awards as well as an additional six ASC nominations. He has experience as a cameraman, film producer and director.[3][4]

Del Ruth retired in 2005 to Bend, Oregon.[5]


American Society of Cinematographers



Primetime Emmy Awards




As cinematographer unless otherwise specified[3][9]

... aka Asteroid: The Sky is Falling - Philippines (English title) (video title)

... aka Truman Capote's One Christmas - USA (complete title)

... aka The X-Files - USA ... aka X-File - Japan (English title) - Pilot (1993) TV episode (director of photography)

... aka In Evil's Grasp - USA (syndication title)

... aka Girls of Summer - Canada (English title)

... aka Doctor in Paradise - USA (video box title)

... aka Death Wish 2 - USA (DVD box title)

... aka Bustin' Out - USA (reissue title) ... aka Street Fight - USA (video title)

... aka Aloha, Bobby and Rose - USA (poster title)

... aka For Better, for Worse - USA (TV title)

Actor: Cinema Scene (2005) (V) .... Guest

Director: JAG (1 episode, 1996), Sightings (1996) TV episode (as Tom Del Ruth)

Producer: Wolf (1989) TV series (producer) ( 13 episodes)


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