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Dennis Smith

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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- 16) and cult-favorite science fiction program "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-13).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 67% In Vino Original Music - 2017
No Score Yet 43% Breaking Through Original Music - 2015
No Score Yet 11% Isle of Dogs The Butcher (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 38% Major Movie Star Original Music - 2008

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 72% NCIS: Los Angeles Director 2010-2021
No Score Yet 62% Bull Director 2016-2021
No Score Yet 43% Station 19 Director 2018
No Score Yet 85% NCIS Director 2003-2017
No Score Yet 62% NCIS: New Orleans Director 2014 2016
92% 76% Person of Interest Director 2011
No Score Yet 38% 90210 Director 2010
86% 69% The Vampire Diaries Director 2010
No Score Yet 92% Numb3ers Director 2005-2009
22% 79% Moonlight Director 2007
77% No Score Yet Just Legal Director 2006
No Score Yet 35% JAG Director 2002-2005
86% 91% Boston Legal Director 2004
15% No Score Yet dr. vegas Director 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Director 2000-2004