Richard Pearce

Director, Director of photography
After meeting D A (Don) Pennebaker during his senior year in college, Richard Pearce got his first taste of filmmaking helping out on Pennebaker's Bob Dylan documentary, "Don't Look Back" (1967). He went on to shoot ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1943 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Director (24)

The Road to Memphis 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Medium 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

CSI: Miami 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 - 1987, 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1985 - 1987, 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Party of Five 1985 - 1987, 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

No Mercy 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Country 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Sessions 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Threshold 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Heartland 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Siege 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Dead Man Out (TV Show)

Director

No Other Love (TV Show)

Director

Plainsong (TV Show)

Director

The Final Days (TV Show)

Director

Thicker Than Blood (TV Show)

Director

Witness Protection (TV Show)

Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (12)

Food, Inc. 2009 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Umbrellas 1992 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Hair 1979 (Movie)

(Photography)

Baby Snakes 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Rust Never Sleeps 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Running Fence 1977 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

Hearts and Minds 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Let the Good Times Roll 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Marjoe 1972 (Movie)

(Camera)

Woodstock 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Woodstock: The Lost Performances (TV Show)

Cinematographer
Actor (6)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don Quixote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician's House 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Budgie the Little Helicopter 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Macbeth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Baby Snakes 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (1)

Hearts and Minds 1975 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

After meeting D A (Don) Pennebaker during his senior year in college, Richard Pearce got his first taste of filmmaking helping out on Pennebaker's Bob Dylan documentary, "Don't Look Back" (1967). He went on to shoot such documentaries as Emile de Antonio's "America is Hard to See" (1968), "Interviews with My Lai Veterans" (1969) and three Oscar-winners, "Woodstock" (1970), "Marjoe" (1972) and "Hearts and Minds" (1974). Pearce edited, shot and directed the non-fiction film "Campamento" (1970), about the ill-fated Allende regime in Chile and was one of the credited cinematographers on Neil Young's rock documentary "Rust Never Sleeps" (1979).<p>By the mid-1970s, Pearce had begun to work solely as a director on the TV productions, "The Gardener's Son" (a 1977 episode of PBS' "Visions") and the TV-movie "Siege" (CBS, 1978), about senior citizens terrorized by gangs. His feature directorial debut was "Heartland" (1980), an unromanticized story of Midwestern life in the 1910s, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. This gem-like film also probed the themes of rural hardship and resilience which Pearce would again explore in "Country" (1984), with Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. While No Mercy" (1986) suffered from a cliche-ridden script and lack of chemistry between stars Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, "The Long Walk Home" (1990) was an underrated look at the absurdity of racial divisions through the relationship of two women, a Southern matron (Sissy Spacek) and her maid (Whoopi Goldberg). Pearce revisited similar terrain as well as amplifying the notion of identity "A Family Thing" (1996). The Billy Bob Thornton-Tom Epperson script focused on a white man (Robert Duvall) who discovers his bloodlines also speak of the African diaspora.<p>Pearce has also directed several TV-movies and episodics. "No Other Love" (CBS, 1979) focused on the plight of a mentally-challenged couple (played by Richard Thomas and Julie Kavner) who wished to marry, while "Dead Man Out" (HBO, 1989) was a taut thriller about a battle of wits between a psychiatrist and a death-row inmate. Pearce also scored with "The Final Days", a 1989 ABC adaptation of the best-selling book that focused on the Nixon presidency. More recently, he helmed episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street" and several episodes (including the pilot) of the Fox drama "Party of Five".

Relationships

Lynzee Klingman

Wife

Richard Inman Pearce Sr

Father

Patricia Pearce

Mother

Remy Elizabeth Pearce

Daughter

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1965
met filmmaker D A Pennebaker during senior year

New School for Social Research

New York , New York 1974

Milestones

1994

Directed pilot for Fox series "Party of Five"; served as executive consultant on the series

1990

Helmed the Civil Rights era drama "The Long Walk Home", starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg

1984

Directed "Country", starring Jessica Lange and Sam Shephard

1980

Feature film debut as director, "Heartland"

1979

Was one of the credited cinematographers on the rock documentary "Rust Never Sleeps", directed by Neil Young

1978

Helmed first TV-movie "Siege" (CBS)

1977

Co-produced (with Michael Hausman) and directed the PBS special "The Gardener's Son", an episode of the series "Visions"

1972

Was cinematographer on the award-winning documentary "Marjoe"

1969

Lived in Chile; directed, shot and edited documentary, "Campamento"

1969

Served as cinematographer for the documentary "Woodstock"

1968

Shot the documentary "Interviews with My Lai Veterans"

Joined group of filmmakers producing documentaries on social themes

Trained as cinematographer while working for Seattle-based owner of TV stations in the Pacific Northwest

Bonus Trivia

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"The notion that you could be there with a camera and not interfere with the reality was a powerful idea, even if unattainable in fact." --Richard Pearce

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