Thomas Schlamme

Director, Producer, Editor
One of the top TV directors since the mid-1980s, Thomas Schlamme functions equally well in sitcoms or dramas, sacrificing plot for yucks in the former while relishing the more complex lighting and camera angles required ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1950 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (49)

The Americans 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Murder in the First 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Mr. Sunshine 1986 - 2001, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Pan Am 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Parenthood 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Life on Mars 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The West Wing 1999 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Invasion 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Jack & Bobby 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Arsenio 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Boston Public 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Chicago Hope 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Sports Night 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Ally 1986 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Ally McBeal 1986 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Almost Perfect 1986 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Dellaventura 1986 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Tracey Takes On... 1986 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

If Not For You 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

It's Garry Shandling's Show 1986 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Mad About You 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Pride & Joy 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Spin City 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Wish You Were Here 1989 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Friends 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

The Best of Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

You So Crazy 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Mambo Mouth 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Man of the People 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Rowan Atkinson: Not Just Another Pretty Face 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Steel Magnolias 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Miss Firecracker 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

High School Video Yearbook With Franken & Davis 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

Gilbert Gottfried... Naturally 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

A Prairie Home Companion 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Robert Klein on Broadway 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Whoopi Goldberg -- Direct From Broadway 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

Bette Midler: Art or Bust! 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Can a Guy Say No? (TV Show)

Director

Crazy From the Heart (TV Show)

Director

The Gift of Amazing Grace (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Manhattan 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (1)

Intimate Portrait: Christine Lahti 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the top TV directors since the mid-1980s, Thomas Schlamme functions equally well in sitcoms or dramas, sacrificing plot for yucks in the former while relishing the more complex lighting and camera angles required by the latter. Over the years, he has developed an easily identified kinetic style and cinema verite quality, perhaps best exemplified by his Emmy-nominated direction of "Ambush", the live episode kicking off the 1997-1998 season of NBC's medical drama "ER".

Relationships

Christine Lahti

Wife
married on September 4, 1983

Emma Schlamme

Daughter
born on August 3, 1993 twin of Joe

Joseph Schlamme

Son
born on August 3, 1993 twin of Emma

Wilson Schlamme

Son
born on July 15, 1988 in Jackson, Mississippi

EDUCATION

Bellaire High School

Houston , Texas
boasted a strong drama program headed by Cecil Pickett; produced Randy Quaid, Brent Spiner, and Trey Wilson

University of Texas

Austin , Texas
attended on scholarship won by placing second on a state-wide drama competition; switched from acting to directing while there

Milestones

2006

Reteamed with Sorkin to executive produce and direct several episodes, including the pilot, of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" a fictional behind the scenes look at a sketch-comedy TV show; earned an Emmy nomination for directing the pilot episode

2005

Directed the pilot episode of "Invasion" (ABC); also produced

2004

Helmed the pilot episode of "Jack & Bobby" (WB); also produced

1999

Reteamed with Sorkin to executive produce and direct several episodes, including the pilot, for NBC's "The West Wing"; a fictional drama about the behind the scenes look inside the White House

1998

Earned an Emmy nomination for directing the live "Ambush" episode of NBC's "ER"

1998

Executive produced and directed several episodes of Aaron Sorkin's "Sports Night" (ABC)

1996

Served as producer as well as episode director of the HBO series "Tracey Takes On ..."

1995

Helmed TNT movie "Kingfish: The Story of Huey P. Long", featuring John Goodman in the title role

1994

Returned to TV, steering episodes of "Chicago Hope" (CBS, starring Lahti), "Friends" and "ER" (both NBC)

1993

Helmed the feature "So I Married an Axe Murderer", written by and starring Mike Myers

1992

Directed episodes of the TV series "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO), starring Shandling, and "Mad About You" (NBC)

1991

Helmed the TV-movie "Crazy From the Heart" (TNT), starring Lahti

1989

Feature directorial debut, "Miss Firecracker", with Beth Henley adapting her stage play; wife Christine Lahti and son Winston appear in film

1986

Helmed "Can a Guy Say No?", an "ABC Afterschool Special"; first collaboration with producer Fred Berner

1984

Directed specials featuring various diverse entertainers including Whoopi Goldberg, Spalding Gray, Robert Klein, Gilbert Gottfried, Rowan Atkinson, and John Leguizamo

1984

Executive produced and directed first TV special, "Bette Midler: Art or Bust!", an HBO concert film; credited as Thomas D Schlamme

1980

Formed Schlamme Productions, a commercial production company, producing campaigns for the theatrical productions "Cats", "You Can't Take It With You", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Greater Tuna"

1973

Moved from native Houston to NYC

Started as a messenger for Perpetual Motion, an animation company, and worked up to becoming live-action film editor and later director of television commercials for clients like Hawaiian Punch, Michelin Tires and Harlequin Books; also directed short film

Directed episodes of "It's Gary Shandling's Show" (Fox)

Formed Berner/Schlamme Productions with Fred Berner to produce TV specials

Directed episodes of "Ally McBeal" (Fox), "Spin City" and "The Practice" (both ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to directing the film version of Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker", Schlamme directed wife Christine Lahti on stage in Henley's "Signature".

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"If I never do another movie and I get to do top quality television, I'm a happy filmmaker. For me, television is not the steppingstone to movies." --Thomas Schlamme quoted in USA TODAY, February 26, 1999

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On working with his wife in projects like TNT's "Crazy from the Heart" or on episodes of "Chicago Hope" (in which she starred): "It was great, because I think she's an amazing actress. As a director, I go, 'Whoa, this is fun.' The only hard part for me is I was much sweeter as a director than a husband." --Schlamme quoted in USA TODAY, February 26, 1999

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