D.J. Caruso

With John Badham as a mentor and a degree in Television Production from Pepperdine University, D. J. Caruso went from directing television series to motion pictures that usually ended up being in the thriller genre ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1965

Filmography

Director (24)

xXx: Return of Xander Cage 2017 (Movie)

(Director)

The Disappointments Room 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tribes of Palos Verdes 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Cyclops Baby 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Standing Up 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

I Am Number Four 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Eagle Eye 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Buddy Faro 1996 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Dark Angel 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Disturbia 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Going to California 1998 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

High Incident 1996 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Martial Law 1994 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Mercy Point 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Sleepwalkers 1994 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Strip 1994 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

VR.5 1994 - 2002, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Shield 2002, 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Two for the Money 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Taking Lives 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

John Sandford's Mind Prey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Black Cat Run (TV Show)

Director
Producer (7)

Crazy As Hell 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (2)

The Disappointments Room 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Standing Up 2013 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Actor (1)

On the Lot 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor
Other (4)

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

(Aerial & crew) (Second Unit Director)

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

With John Badham as a mentor and a degree in Television Production from Pepperdine University, D. J. Caruso went from directing television series to motion pictures that usually ended up being in the thriller genre. Daniel John Caruso got his first break out of school when Badham hired him as the second unit director for the 1993 action film "Point of No Return" after losing his original second unit director. Television became Caruso's entryway into regular directing work starting with the short-lived 1995 Fox sci-fi series, "VR.5." After padding his experience overseeing single episodes of "Martial Law," "Dark Angel," and "Smallville," the Connecticut native made his directorial feature film debut with the 2002 neo-noir motion picture, "The Salton Sea." Caruso followed this critically admired but commercially stilted effort with the 2004 Angelina Jolie psychological thriller, "Taking Lives." Only moderately successful at the box office, it nonetheless allowed the former television director to land more film projects. Aside from signing on to direct a handful of episodes of the gritty FX crime drama "The Shield," Caruso spent the remainder of the decade working as a movie director. His big break during that time came when Steven Spielberg hired him to direct the 2007 Shia LaBeouf thriller, "Disturbia," which grossed over $117 million and became Caruso's biggest hit. He reunited with LaBeouf on the action thriller "Eagle Eye" the following year.

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