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Thomas Schlamme

Highest Rated:   73% Miss Firecracker (1989)
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Thomas Schlamme gained an abundance of experience in the film industry during the 1980s and 1990s in directorial and production positions. Even his familial status incorporated his entertainment career, as he married Golden Globe-winning actress Christine Lahti in 1983. Schlamme and Lahti had three children together. Born on May 22, 1950, Schlamme was raised in Houston, TX. Starting off in television, he founded his own commercial production company in 1980, creating advertisements for plays in New York. Soon after directing Emmy-nominated "after-school specials," he became affiliated with big acting names like Bette Midler and Whoopi Goldberg. In 1989, he directed his first full-length feature, which was adapted from a play by Beth Henley, entitled Miss Firecracker. A light-hearted comedy, the film featured Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins. Several years later, Schlamme directed another comedy, this time featuring '80s and '90s Saturday Night Live star Mike Myers, called So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). While maintaining his status as director for episodes of numerous prime-time television series, Schlamme became strongly affiliated with network TV, and would eventually step up to the producer level within the industry. Beginning with an episode of The Wonder Years, a retrospective drama featuring a young Fred Savage, Schlamme earned directorial credits on highly successful programming throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His NBC spots included episodes of the romantic comedy series Mad About You, the sitcom Friends, and the drama ER. In 1996, he worked with Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear on Spin City. Taking on the law drama genre, he also directed episodes of The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Fox's Boston Public. Doubling up his billing as producer and director, he worked on the series Tracey Takes On in 1996. He acted as executive producer of The West Wing and Sports Night in the 1990s, also directing some of the episodes in the two series. In addition to his behind-the-scenes involvement on television, he appeared as himself in the biographical film about his wife in Intimate Portrait: Christine Lahti, which appeared on TV in 1998.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
  • Director
1995
44% Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy
  • Director
1994
55% So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Rowan Atkinson Live!
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Locuras del Corazón
  • Director
1991
73% Miss Firecracker
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Spalding Gray - Terrors of Pleasure
  • Director
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
58% Snowfall
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
81% When We Rise
2016
  • Director
  • 2017
95% The Americans
2013
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
91% Manhattan
2014-2015
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2016
  • Director
  • 2014
76% Pan Am
2011-2012
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • 2012
  • 2011
47% Mr. Sunshine
2011
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2011
90% Parenthood
2010-2015
  • Director
  • 2010
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Director
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Director
  • 1997
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Director
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet The Wonder Years
1988-1993
  • Director
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Director

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