Photo by Myles Aronowitz [1992]

 

   


  DONALD THORIN

 

Born: 12 October 1934, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, as Donald Eugene Thorin; a.k.a. Donald Thorin Sr.

Died: 9 February 2016, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

Education: Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

Career: Ran a commercial design studio. Moved to Hollywood in 1957 and worked in the mailroom at Fox. Moved to the camera department of 20th Century-Fox as camera loader. His first feature job was as 2nd c.asst on 'The Young Lions'.

Was a member of the ASC since 1986.

His son Donald Jr. [born 1957] is a doph/dir, and son Jeffrey [born 1961] is a c.asst.


 

 FILMS

1980

Thief/Violent Streets [Michael Mann] c; addph: Don Cahill & (uncred) Christopher Nibley

1981

An Officer and a Gentleman [Taylor Hackford] c; uwph: Jack Cooperman

1982

Bad Boys [Rick Rosenthal] c; cph: Bruce Surtees

1983

Against All Odds [Taylor Hackford] c; 2uc: F. Pershing Flynn

1983

Purple Rain [Albert Magnoli] c; 2uc: Mike Dugan; with actor/singer Prince (1958-2016)

1984

Mischief [Mel Damski] c; addph: Jan de Bont

1985

Wildcats/First and Goal [Michael Ritchie] c; 2uc: Paul Vombrack

 

With Eddie Murphy - "The Golden Child" - photo by Bruce Talamon

 

1986

The Golden Child [Michael Ritchie] c; 2uc Los Angeles: Robert Thomas; matte ph: Wade Childress

1986

American Anthem/Take It Easy [Albert Magnoli] c; addph: Steve Poster; aph: Rex Metz

1987

The Couch Trip [Michael Ritchie] c; 2uc: Robert C. Thomas

1987

Collision Course [Lewis Teague] c; substitute doph: Daniel Pearl

1987

Midnight Run [Martin Brest] c; 2uc: John M. Stephens; aph 2u: J.M. Stephens & Frank Holgate; filmed 1987-88

1988

Troop Beverly Hills [Jeff Kanew] c

1989

Lock Up [John Flynn] c

1989

Tango & Cash [Andrei Konchalovsky] p/c; 2uc (+ ph 1st unit - last 3 weeks): Julio Macat

1990

The Marrying Man/Too Hot to Handle [Jerry Rees] c

 

[Left/cap] with Francis Veber [center] - "Out on a Limb"

 

1991

Out on a Limb [Francis Veber] c; 2uc: John M. Stephens

1992

Scent of a Woman [Martin Brest] c; replaced doph Mikael Salomon after 10 days in prod

1992

Undercover Blues [Herbert Ross] c; 2uc: John M. Stephens

1993

Little Big League [Andrew Scheinman] c; 2uc: Peter Deming & John M. Stephens; aph: Bill Hedenberg

1994

Boys on the Side [Herbert Ross] s35/c; addph: John M. Stephens & David Dunlap

1994

Extra Terrorestrial Alien Encounter [Jerry Rees] c; a 'ride' film for Disney World, Florida

1995

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls/Ace Ventura Goes to Africa [Steve Oedekerk] s35/c; 2uc: Philip Pfeiffer & Michael Bonvillain; + 2uc/2ud Canada

1995

The First Wives Club [Hugh Wilson] c

1996

Nothing to Lose [Steve Oedekerk] c; 2uc: Mike Gershman

1997

U.S. Marshals [Stuart Baird] announced as doph, but film was ph by Andrzej Bartkowiak

1998

Mickey Blue Eyes [Kelly Makin & (add scenes) Carl Gottlieb] c; addph: George Doherty; 2uc: David Makin

1998

Dudley Do-Right [Hugh Wilson] s35/c; 2uc: Don McCuaig

1999

Shaft [John Singleton] s35/c; 2uc: David Dunlap; aph: Dwayne McClintock

2002

Head of State [Chris Rock] c

2004

Kicking & Screaming [Jesse Dylan] s35/c; cph: Lloyd Ahern II

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1958

The Young Lions [Edward Dmytryk] 2nd c.asst; ph: Joe MacDonald

1971

Minnie and Moskowitz [John Cassavetes] co-c.op; ph: Alric Edens, Michael Margulies & Arthur Ornitz

1973

A Summer Without Boys [Jeannot Szwarc; tvm] ph: Mario Tosi

1974

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore [Martin Scorsese] uncred co-c.op; ph: Kent Wakeford

1974

Report to the Commissioner/Operation Undercover [Milton Katselas] ph: Mario Tosi

 

[Left] next to doph Donald Morgan

 

1974

Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York [Sidney J. Furie] ph: Donald M. Morgan

1975

Hearts of the West/Hollywood Cowboy [Howard Zieff] uncred; ph: Mario Tosi

1975

Let's Do It Again [Sidney Poitier] ph: Donald M. Morgan

1975

Bound for Glory [Hal Ashby] co-c.op; ph: Haskell Wexler

1976

A Circle of Children [Don Taylor; tvm] ph: Gayne Rescher

1976

Annie Hall [Woody Allen] c.op L.A. unit; ph: Gordon Willis

1976

One On One [Lamont Johnson] co-c.op; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1977

Coming Home [Hal Ashby] ph: Haskell Wexler

1977

Comes a Horseman [Alan Pakula] ph: Gordon Willis

1977

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Michael Schultz] ph: Owen Roizman

1978

Second-Hand Hearts/The Hamster of Happiness [Hal Ashby] ph: Haskell Wexler

1978

Walking Through the Fire [Robert Day; tvm] ph: Richard C. Glouner

1979

Gauguin the Savage [Fielder Cook; tvm] c.op Tahiti/USA; ph: Walter Lassally

1979

The Legend of Walks Far Woman [Mel Damski; tvm] ph: Gayne Rescher; broadcast in 1982

1979

Die Laughing [Jeff Werner] co-c.op; ph: David Myers

1979

The Black Marble [Harold Becker] co-c.op; ph: Owen Roizman

1979

Cutter and Bone/Cutter's Way [Ivan Passer] ph: Jordan Cronenweth