Tom Stern (II)

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Tom Stern was born on December 16, 1946 in Palo Alto, California, USA. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Changeling (2008), Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Mystic River (2003). He was previously married to Françoise Combadière. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Changeling Cinematographer
Flags of Our Fathers Cinematographer
Mystic River Cinematographer
Letters from Iwo Jima Cinematographer


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 2015 American Express Unstaged: Dead & Company (Documentary) (spidercam)
 2014 RoboCop (director of photography: second unit, Vancouver)
 2009 Tsar (camera operator)
 2002 Road to Perdition (chief lighting technician - as Thomas E. Stern)
 2000 Space Cowboys (chief lighting technician - as Thomas Stern)
 1999 American Beauty (chief lighting technician)
 1999 True Crime (lighting consultant - as Thomas Stern)
 1996 The Phantom (chief lighting technician: Los Angeles)
 1995 Sugartime (TV Movie) (gaffer: Los Angeles)
 1995 Dangerous Minds (chief lighting technician)
 1995 French Kiss (gaffer - as Thomas Stern)
 1993 A Perfect World (chief lighting technician)
 1992 Unforgiven (gaffer)
 1991 Class Action (chief lighting technician)
 1990 The Rookie (chief lighting technician)
 1990 Impulse (chief lighting technician - as Thomas 'Iguana' Stern)
 1988 The Dead Pool (chief lighting technician)
 1988 Bird (lighting consultant)
 1987 Like Father Like Son (gaffer)
 1987 Spaceballs (chief lighting technician)
 1986 Heartbreak Ridge (gaffer)
 1986 Ratboy (gaffer)
 1985 Twice in a Lifetime (gaffer)
 1985 The Goonies (gaffer - as Thomas Stern)
 1985 Pale Rider (gaffer)
 1984 City Heat (gaffer - as Tom Stein)
 1984 The Wild Life (gaffer - as Thomas Stern)
 1984 Tightrope (gaffer)
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series) (second camera operator - 1 episode)
- Beauty and the Beast (1984) ... (second camera operator: film sequences)
 1983 Sudden Impact (gaffer)
 1983 All the Right Moves (gaffer)
 1983 Bad Boys (gaffer)
 1982 Honkytonk Man (gaffer)
 1982 Homework (gaffer)
 1982 White Dog (gaffer - as Thomas Stern)
 1980 Running Scared (camera operator: second unit)
 1979 Cardiac Arrest (gaffer - as Thomas Stern)
 1978 Harper Valley P.T.A. (gaffer)
 1978 Youngblood (gaffer)
 1978 Renaldo and Clara (Documentary) (gaffer)
 1977 Mustang: The House That Joe Built (Documentary) (gaffer)
 1977 The Grateful Dead (Documentary) (camera assistant - as Thomas Stern)
 1977 The Displaced Person (TV Movie) (best boy)
 1977 Between the Lines (best boy)
 1977 Scalpel (gaffer)
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Alternate Names:

Tom Stein | Thomas 'Iguana' Stern | Thomas E. Stern | Thomas Stern


Françoise Combadière  (her death)

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Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and the Association of French Directors of Photography (Association Française des Directeurs de la Photographie Cinematographique - AFC) since 2008.

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