Matthew Leonetti

Director of photography, Assistant cameraman, Inventor
Hollywood cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti has committed to film some of cinema's most unforgettable images: young Carol Ann in "Poltergeist", bathed in the jittery glow of the family TV, and Phoebe Cates in a red ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1941

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (90)

Dumb and Dumber To 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

("The Pitch") (Director of Photography)

The Three Stooges 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hall Pass 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

College Road Trip 2008 (Movie)

(Additional Photography) (Director of Photography)

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

What Happens in Vegas 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Halloween 2007 (Movie)

(Photography)

Pride 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Heartbreak Kid 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Accepted 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Santa's Slay 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Butterfly Effect 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Director of Photography)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fled 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

(Photography)

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

(Photography)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dead Again 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hard to Kill 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Johnny Handsome 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 1988 (Movie)

(Game Show/Las Vegas) (Photography)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Under the Influence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Commando 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fast Forward 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jessie 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

(Chicago) (Director of Photography)

Happy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Ice Pirates 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

E.T. & Friends -- Magical Movie Visitors 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Photography

Tucker's Witch 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stand By Your Man 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Raise the Titanic 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Breaking Away 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Special Olympics 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Mr. Billion 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

High Risk 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Call of the Wild 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Chicken Chronicles 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Deadly Tower 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Hurricane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Elevator 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

It Lives By Night 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Adam at 6 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

The Baby Maker 1970 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

A Fire in the Sky (TV Show)

Director of Photography

American Geisha (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Crazy Times (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Flight to Holocaust (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Hotline (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Mae West (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Ruby and Oswald (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Search For the Gods (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Secret Witness (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Son Rise: A Miracle of Love (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Superdome (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Terror on the 40th Floor (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Comedy Company (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Hostage Heart (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Secret Night Caller (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Spell (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Turnover Smith (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Willa (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (1)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Hollywood cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti has committed to film some of cinema's most unforgettable images: young Carol Ann in "Poltergeist", bathed in the jittery glow of the family TV, and Phoebe Cates in a red bikini in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", bathed in the glow of teenage fantasy. Introduced to the film industry by his father, Frank, a movie gaffer who worked on the crew of "The Wizard of Oz", Leonetti landed his first major job operating the camera on the 1972 B-movie exploitation thriller "Brute Corps" with director Jerry Jameson. Soon, Leonetti stepped up from operator to director of photography, going on to shoot more than a dozen features and made-for-television movies with Jameson--primarily a string of TV action and disaster flicks that followed in the wake of box office hits like "The Poseidon Adventure". Leonetti also forged long-standing partnerships with directors Lee Philips, for whom he shot the Emmy-nominated TV movie biography "Mae West", and Walter Hill, who employed Leonetti behind the camera on several films, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Red Heat". Recognized among his peers for pushing the technological boundaries of his craft, Leonetti developed a "less is more" approach to film lighting that helped achieve a rich, expressive visual palette in a host of enduring films. They include heartfelt award-winners like "Breaking Away", a pair of "Star Trek" sequels, and even Zack Snyder's hit horror remake, "Dawn of the Dead".

EDUCATION

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California
graduated

Milestones

Entered industry as assistant cameraman for commercials

Served in US Army

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