Cinematographer Thomas Ackerman was born on 14 September, 1948 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and enrolled in the University of Iowa, where he took a cinema course. He was hired by the university to shoot football games and training films for its School of Dentistry. In 1968 he went to work for Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, who became his ... See full bio »

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 2015 Venom Therapy (Short)
 2015 Night of the Living Deb (director of photography)
 2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2009 Infestation (as Thomas Ackerman)
 2009 Fired Up! (as Thomas Ackerman)
 2008 Superhero Movie (director of photography)
 2007 Balls of Fury (director of photography)
 2007 Marilyn Reloaded (Short) (director of photography)
 2006 Scary Movie 4
 2005 Are We There Yet? (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (Video) (as Thomas Ackerman)
 2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (as Thomas Ackerman)
 2002 CinéMagique (Short)
 2002 Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time (Documentary) (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2002 Snow Dogs (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2001 Rat Race (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 2000 Beautiful Joe (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1999 The Muse (as Thomas Ackerman)
 1997 George of the Jungle (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1995 Jumanji (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1993 Dennis the Menace (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1991 True Identity (director of photography - as Tom Ackerman)
 1989 Journey to America (Documentary) (as Tom Ackerman)
 1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1988 Moonwalker (as Tom Ackerman)
 1988 Beetlejuice (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1987 Stevie Nicks: Live at Red Rocks (Video documentary)
 1986 Back to School (director of photography)
 1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1984 Frankenweenie (Short) (as Thomas Ackerman)
 1984 Kidd Video (TV Series short) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- To Beat the Band (1984) ... (director of photography - as Tom Ackerman, live action segments)
 1984 Roadhouse 66 (as Thomas Ackerman)
 1982 Foxfire Light (director of photography - as Thomas Ackerman)
 1981 Talmage Farlow (Documentary)
 1980 New Year's Evil (as Edward Thomas)
 1979 A Place to Be (Documentary) (photography)
 1978 Winners (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Journey Together (1978)
 1978 Roots: One Year Later (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 Jerusalem Lives (Documentary) (photographer)
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Thomas Ackerman | Tom Ackerman | Edward Thomas

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