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Dick Deats (1945–2011)

Dick Deats was born on February 27, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Warren Deats. He is known for his work on The Devil's Advocate (1997), The Patriot (2000) and National Treasure (2004). He died on July 14, 2011 in Whitefish, Montana, USA. See full bio »


(age 66) in Whitefish, Montana, USA

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The Devil's Advocate
The Devil's Advocate Camera and Electrical Department
The Patriot
The Patriot Camera and Electrical Department
National Treasure
National Treasure Camera and Electrical Department
Maverick Camera and Electrical Department


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 2011 Buck (Documentary) (grip: Montana)
 2006 Bottleneck (Short) (best boy grip)
 2006 The Black Dahlia (key grip: Los Angeles - as Dicky Deats)
 2006 The Sopranos (TV Series) (key grip - 1 episode)
- Luxury Lounge (2006) ... (key grip: Los Angeles - as Richard W. Deats)
 2004 National Treasure (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 2004 Jersey Girl (key grip - as Richard W. Deats)
 2003 Timeline (grip: first company - as Richard W. Deats)
 2003 The Hunted (first company grip - as Richard W. Deats)
 2001 Life as a House (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 2001 61* (TV Movie) (key grip - as Richard W. Deats)
 2000 The Patriot (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 2000 Missing Pieces (TV Movie) (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 1998 Hope Floats (key grip - as Richard 'Dicky' Deats)
 1997 The Devil's Advocate (key grip: Los Angeles - as Dicky Deats)
 1997 Dante's Peak (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 1995 Angus (grip - as Richard Deats)
 1995 The Crossing Guard (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 1995 The Bridges of Madison County (key grip - as Dicky Deats)
 1995 Just Cause (key grip - uncredited)
 1994 Maverick (key grip - as Richard Deats)
 1994 Intersection (first company grip - as Dicky Deats)
 1993 Sliver (first company grip - as Richard Deats)
 1992 Under Siege (key grip: additional photography)
 1991 Blood and Concrete (dolly grip - as Richard Deats)
 1984 The River (key grip)
 1984 No Small Affair (key grip - as Richard Deats)
 1983 Table for Five (key grip)
 1982 Jinxed! (key grip - as Richard Deats)
 1981 Blow Out (key grip - as Richard Deats)
 1980 Heaven's Gate (key grip - as Richard Deats)
 1979 Avalanche Express (grip: Apogee - as Richard Deats)
 1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan (key grip)
 1978 Goin' South (key grip)
 1977 Empire of the Ants (key grip)
 1976 Death Riders (Documentary) (key grip - as Richard Deats)
 1974 The Ultimate Thrill (key grip)
 1974 Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (key grip)
 1973 Scream Blacula Scream (dolly grip)
 1970 Barquero (first company grip)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Dicky Deats | Richard 'Dicky' Deats | Richard W. Deats | Richard Deats

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Responsible for introducing the use of Griflon into motion pictures. While on location with cameraman Vilmos Zsigmond, scouting locations on a wharf, he noticed the bright tarps used for covering shipping pallets. The soft but vast reflection was a beautiful source of fill light now standard in the film industry. See more »



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