D.J. Caruso

Highest Rated: 69% Disturbia (2007)
Birthday: Jan 17, 1965
Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
A producer and director whose early work in television eventually segued into features, D.J. Caruso showed a distinctive blend of noir conventions and dark, almost surreal gallows humor in such moody thrillers as The Salton Sea and Taking Lives. A lifelong film lover who aspired to a career in the entertainment industry from an early age, the Pepperdine University graduate began his career as a production assistant and earned his first credit (associate producer) with the 1991 James Woods/Michael J. Fox action comedy The Hard Way. Caruso later served in varying production capacities on such features as Point of No Return (1993), Drop Zone (1994), and Nick of Time (1995). In 1995, he stepped into the director's chair for an episode of the short-lived sci-fi series VR.5. Gradually gaining confidence behind the camera by helming episodes of such series as Buddy Faro and Martial Law, Caruso directed the short comedy Cyclops, Baby before making the 1998 made-for-TV mystery Black Cat Run. Another television thriller, Mind Prey,was followed with episodes of Dark Angel and Smallville before Caruso moved into feature territory with the neo-noir crime drama The Salton Sea in 2002. Starring Val Kilmer as a former jazz musician who descends into a world of drugs and crime in order to find his wife's murderer, the film performed only moderately well at the box office despite receiving praise for its stylish direction and striking cinematography. Back on the small screen, Caruso directed episodes of The Shield and Robbery Homicide Division. In 2004, he returned to the multiplexes with Taking Lives, a haunting thriller starring Angelina Jolie as an FBI agent on the trail of an elusive serial killer.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
46% xXx: Return of Xander Cage Director $44.9M 2017
0% The Disappointments Room Director $2.5M 2016
No Score Yet Invertigo Director 2014
No Score Yet Spy's Kid Director 2014
56% Standing Up Director Screenwriter 2013
33% I Am Number Four Director $55.1M 2011
No Score Yet Y: The Last Man Director 2011
27% Eagle Eye Director $101.2M 2008
69% Disturbia Director $80.1M 2007
22% Two for the Money Director $22.9M 2005
22% Taking Lives Director $32.7M 2004
50% Crazy as Hell Producer 2002
62% The Salton Sea Director $0.7M 2002
No Score Yet John Sandford's Mind Prey Director 1999
No Score Yet Black Cat Run Director 1998
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault Executive Producer 1996
33% Nick of Time Executive Producer 1995
38% Drop Zone Producer 1994
13% Another Stakeout Producer 1993

TV

CREDIT
89% The Shield
2002-2008
Director
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2002
94% Smallville
2001-2011
Director
  • 2002
44% Dark Angel
2000-2002
Director
  • 2001

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