Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith was one of the go-to directors for the popular television drama "NCIS" (CBS 2003- ); his several dozen episodes of the series balance propulsive, adrenaline-fueled storytelling with moments of laugh-out ... Read more »

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (23)

7th Heaven 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Holiday Affair 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

God's Lonely Man 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Diggstown 1992 (Movie)

"B" camera operator (Camera Operator)

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 1989 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 1988 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Kansas 1988 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

License to Drive 1988 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Final Jeopardy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Gotcha! 1985 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Second Thoughts 1983 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)
Director (16)

NCIS 2003 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

NCIS: Los Angeles 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

NCIS: New Orleans 2014, 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

King & Maxwell 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Fringe 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Person of Interest 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

90210 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Royal Pains 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Vampire Diaries 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Numb3rs 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Moonlight 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Just Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

JAG 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Boston Legal 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Practice 1995 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Picket Fences 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Dennis Smith was one of the go-to directors for the popular television drama "NCIS" (CBS 2003- ); his several dozen episodes of the series balance propulsive, adrenaline-fueled storytelling with moments of laugh-out loud comedy. From the beginning of his career, Smith was a student of this singular action-comedy blend: as a camera operator, he cut his teeth on some of the films that defined the style, from Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell's buddy-cop team-up "Tango & Cash" (1989) to the full-on slapstick of the enormous hit "Home Alone" (1990). In the early 1990s, he moved into cinematography on the critically-acclaimed small town drama "Picket Fences" (CBS 1992-96); while working on this show, stars Tom Skeritt and Kathy Baker advised a career change to director; in fact, Smith's first directing credit came on an episode in the show's final season. Smith then went on to provide cinematography for another series by "Picket Fences" creator David E. Kelley, legal drama "The Practice" (ABC 1997-2004), helping establish the cool, dark visual palette of the show from early on. During the show's second season, Smith began working as a director, eventually helming 20 episodes during its lengthy run. By the 2000s, Smith was working full-time as a director, specializing in hour-long action and procedural dramas such as "JAG" (NBC/CBS, 1995-2005) and "Numb3rs" (CBS 2005-10). His first episode of "NCIS," a "JAG" spin-off centered on a criminal investigation team for the military, appeared early in the show's first season; during the show's first decade on the air, Smith directed over 50 episodes. Smith's director credits also include the offshoot "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS 2009- ), "Person of Interest" (CBS 2011- ) and cult-favorite science fiction program "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013).

Milestones

2013

Directed his 50th episode of NCIS

2003

First directing credit on NCIS

1996

First directing credit on Picket Fences

1992

First cinematography credit on Picket Fences

1980

First camera operator credit on Stir Crazy

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