David Nutter

Director, Producer, Editor
A director with a number of impressive television credits, David Nutter was best known for his work in the science fiction and fantasy genres, working extensively on classic series like "The X-Files" (Fox 1993-2002) and ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1959

Filmography

Director (32)

Containment 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Game of Thrones 2012 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Millennium 1988 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Flash 1988 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The X-Files 1988 - 2000, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Shameless 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Homeland 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Arrow 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Entourage 2005, 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Pacific 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Traveler 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Sopranos 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Nip/Tuck 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Supernatural 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Tarzan 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Without A Trace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 1996, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The West Wing 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Band of Brothers 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Dark Angel 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

M.A.N.T.I.S. 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Roswell 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Sleepwalkers 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Disturbing Behavior 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Space: Above and Beyond 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Commish 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Likely Suspects 1988 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Trancers 4: Jack of Swords 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Trancers 5 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Superboy 1988 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Cease Fire 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Sons of Provo 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Read It and Weep (TV Show)

Actor
Editor (1)

Biography

A director with a number of impressive television credits, David Nutter was best known for his work in the science fiction and fantasy genres, working extensively on classic series like "The X-Files" (Fox 1993-2002) and "Game of Thrones" (HBO 2011- ). Nutter began directing for television in 1987, helming episodes of the stylized police drama "21 Jump Street" (Fox 1987-1991). Work on the syndicated series "The Adventures of Superboy" (1988-1992) followed, he additionally had directing credits for episodes of the adventure comedy "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures" (Fox 1992) and cop show "The Commish" (ABC 1991-95). In 1993, Nutter began a five-season run with "The X-Files," directing over 20 episodes including the particularly memorable entries "Ice" (set in the Arctic), "Tooms" (an examination of a cannibalistic serial killer) and "Revelations" (a religious-themed episode centering around a child's unexplained stigmata). A writer, producer and director with the series from its early months, Nutter helped to create the eerie and unusually evocative narrative style that won the show critical acclaim and a host of devoted fans. He subsequently joined the team of "Millennium" (Fox 1996-99) for that similarly acclaimed series' first season as producer and director; he also worked in those capacities on NBC's short lived dream-themed drama series "Sleepwalkers" (1997). While he had greater success on the small screen, Nutter contributed to film as well, making his feature directorial and editing debut with the gripping Vietnam War drama "Cease Fire" (1985), starring Don Johnson. The director next took on the direct-to-video horror sequels "Trancers 4: Jack of Swords" (1994) and "Trancers 5: Sudden Deth" (1994). In 1998, in the midst of a teen-horror resurgence, he landed the directing slot for the feature "Disturbing Behavior," a thriller about the threat of parentally-authorized mind control starring Katie Holmes. Nutter gave the teen market another try, and returned to form as a producer and director of the cult show "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-02), an original and engrossing combination of romantic teen drama and sci-fi thriller. Set in the New Mexico town famed for its alleged UFO crash, the show followed a trio of otherworldly beings in teenage human form trying to disguise their true identity while searching for their origins. Nutter also produced and directed episodes of the Superman origin story "Smallville" (WB / CW 2001-2011). During this era, Nutter began working primarily on pilots, helming the first episode of series ranging from procedural "Without A Trace" (CBS 2002-09) to historical drama "Jack and Bobby" (WB 2004-05). In 2011, Nutter began working on the fantasy hit "Game of Thrones" (HBO 2011- ), helming several episodes of the series and winning his second Emmy for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series in 2015. His first had come for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special in 2002 for "Band of Brothers" (HBO 2002).

Relationships

Birgit Nutter

Wife
Married

Zoe Nutter Actor

Daughter

Ben Nutter

Son

Milestones

2012

Directed several episodes of HBO fantasy "Game of Thrones"

2011

Directed several episodes of SHowtime comedy "Shameless"

2010

Co-directed, with Jeremy Podeswa, HBO's "The Pacific"

2008

Executive produced (also directed, including the pilot episode) the series, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox)

2005

Directed several episodes of the HBO series "Entourage"

2002

Produced (also directed) the series, "Without a Trace" (CBS)

2001

Produced Superman origin series "Smallville" (WB); directed pilot episode

2000

Directed the pilot episode of "Dark Angel" (Fox)

1999

Executive produced and directed the cult sci-fi teen series "Roswell" (WB)

1997

Directed episodes (also produced) the short-lived NBC series "Sleepwalkers"

1996

Directed several episodes of NBC's medical drama, "ER"

1996

Produced (also directed) the series "Millennium" (Fox); Morgan and Wong served as consulting producers

1995

Helmed episodes of the series "Space: Above and Beyond" (Fox); reunited with "X-Files" writers and producers James Wong and Glen Morgan

1994

Directed the direct-to-video horror releases "Trancers 4: Jack of Swords" and "Trancers 5: Sudden Deth"

1993

Directed (also wrote and produced) for the popular sci-fi series "The X-Files" (Fox); shared Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in 1995

1992

Worked as a director on the series "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures" (Fox) and "The Commish" (ABC)

1990

Helmed an episode of the "21 Jump Street" spin-off "Booker" (Fox)

1987

Directed episodes of the Fox police series "21 Jump Street"

1985

Directed and edited Vietnam War drama "Cease Fire," starring Don Johnson

Directed 21 episodes of the syndicated action series "The Adventures of Superboy"

Bonus Trivia

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Nutter on "Disturbing Behavior": "Everyone's looking for aliens, but I keep telling people that aliens among us are the teenagers. Parents can't talk to their kids anymore; they don't understand them. They can't deal with them. They can't get them to do what they want. If people are looking for 'the truth', maybe they need to be getting closer with their kids." - quoted to EW, July 31, 1998

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