Matthew F. Leonetti

Matthew Leonetti

Highest Rated: 92% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Lowest Rated: 0% A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

Birthday: Jul 31, 1941

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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."

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30% 35% Dumb and Dumber To Cinematographer $86.2M 2014
52% 47% The Three Stooges Cinematographer $44.3M 2012
33% 40% Hall Pass Cinematographer $45M 2011
No Score Yet 44% Cool Dog Cinematographer - 2010
26% 65% What Happens in Vegas Cinematographer $80.3M 2008
46% 58% Soul Men Cinematographer $12.1M 2008
46% 72% Pride Cinematographer $7M 2007
29% 37% The Heartbreak Kid Cinematographer $36.8M 2007
38% 72% Accepted Cinematographer $36.3M 2006
33% 81% The Butterfly Effect Director of Photography $57.7M 2004
75% 77% Dawn of the Dead Cinematographer $58.9M 2004
36% 50% 2 Fast 2 Furious Director of Photography $127.1M 2003
52% 74% Rush Hour 2 Cinematographer $226.1M 2001
32% 53% Along Came a Spider Director of Photography $74.1M 2001
9% 18% Species II Cinematographer $19.2M 1998
54% 44% Star Trek: Insurrection Cinematographer $70.2M 1998
2% 25% Mortal Kombat Annihilation Cinematographer $35.9M 1997
92% 89% Star Trek: First Contact Cinematographer $92M 1996
62% 73% Strange Days Cinematographer $7.3M 1995
0% 71% A Low Down Dirty Shame Cinematographer $29.4M 1994
83% 77% Dead Again Cinematographer $35.5M 1991
21% 35% Another 48 HRS. Cinematographer $78.1M 1990
38% 47% Hard to Kill Cinematographer $46.6M 1990
67% 37% Red Heat Cinematographer $35M 1988
29% 58% Jumpin' Jack Flash Cinematographer $24.5M 1986
57% 69% Weird Science Cinematographer - 1985
71% 67% Commando Cinematographer $34.9M 1985
9% 49% The Ice Pirates Cinematographer - 1984
86% 79% Poltergeist Cinematographer $121.8M 1982
76% 80% Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cinematographer - 1982
No Score Yet 55% The Chicken Chronicles Cinematographer - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hostage Heart Cinematographer - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror on the 40th Floor Cinematographer - 1974

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