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T.J. Civis

Born James Arthur Civis III in the Chicago suburbs, it wasn't until turning 21 that he started going by "TJ" (a nickname given to him while working a summer job at 19). His father was an amateur still photographer and handed him a camera at the age of five. He has been making images ever since. Working as a professional photographer since 1978, he... See full bio »
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Drugstore Cowboy
Drugstore Cowboy Camera and Electrical Department
Everyman's War
Everyman's War German Officer POW
The Auteur
The Auteur Let's Get Fucked Guy
The Color of Ambition
The Color of Ambition Cinematographer


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 2012 A Fistful of Lightning (Short)
 2009 Everyman's War
German Officer POW
 2008 Management
Pilot (uncredited)
 2008 Undercover History (TV Series)
Commander Francis A. Slattery
- Undercover Titanic with Bob Ballard (2008) ... Commander Francis A. Slattery
 2008 The Auteur
Let's Get Fucked Guy
 2007 The Valley of Light (TV Movie)
 2007 Music Within
Army Recruiter (uncredited)
 1989 The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (TV Movie)
Wedding Photographer (uncredited)
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 2009 Everyman's War (director of photography: second unit) / (gaffer: second unit)
 1991 My Own Private Idaho (grip - uncredited)
 1989 Spy (TV Movie) (still photographer)
 1989 Drugstore Cowboy (grip)
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 2012/I Recovery (director of photography)
 2005 The Color of Ambition (Short)
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 2012/I Recovery (producer)
 2005 The Color of Ambition (Short) (executive producer)
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 2005 The Color of Ambition (Short)
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 2009/I The Road (stand-in: Mr. Mortensen, additional photography - as James 'TJ' Civis)
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 2009 A John Story (Documentary short)

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James 'TJ' Civis


6' (1.83 m)

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If you want to change the character "of" your life, Change the characters "in" your life.


Met Phyllis Diller as a kid.

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