D. J. Caruso
|Born||Daniel John Caruso, Jr.
January 17, 1965
Daniel John "D.J." Caruso, Jr. (born January 17, 1965) is an American director and producer. Caruso has directed the films Disturbia, Two for the Money, Taking Lives, The Salton Sea, Eagle Eye, I Am Number Four and Standing Up. He has also directed television episodes for shows such as The Shield, Over There, Smallville, and Dark Angel. He directed his first music video in 2007 for the song "Don't Make Me Wait" by This World Fair. He was also a guest judge on the Fox reality show On the Lot for the episode of May 28/29. In 2009 he directed the music video for Airborne Toxic Event, Sometime Around Midnight.
In 2004, Caruso directed Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was released in theaters on March 16, 2004 but did not gross as much at box office as expected, only grossing $65,470,529. The film was later released on DVD the same year and was number one on the charts for three straight weeks.
Two for the Money was Caruso's next film which was considered "a well done sport thriller, but with too many details". The film was released on October 7, 2005 and was a moderate success, grossing $30,526,509 worldwide with a modest budget of $18 million. It was later released on DVD on January 17, 2006.
In 2007, Caruso was asked by Steven Spielberg to direct Disturbia. The movie was Caruso's first big hit grossing over $117 million, with only a $20 million budget. It starred Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, David Morse, Aaron Yoo, and Carrie-Anne Moss. It was released April 13, 2007 in theaters and on DVD August 7.
Eagle Eye was Caruso's second collaboration with Shia LaBeouf. It also starred Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson and was released in theaters September 26, 2008. It was produced by Steven Spielberg. Critic reactions were negative but, on its opening weekend the movie grossed $29.1 million in 3,510 theaters in the United States and Canada. It has grossed $201 million worldwide with a movie budget of $80 million.
His most recent film is the coming of age flick Standing Up, the directors first family film. It is based on Brock Cole's novel, The Goats. The film stars Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso as two geeky children who embark on a journey of discovery and self-discovery after they are stripped naked and left stranded together on an island as part of a summercamp prank. Caruso began adapting the novel 11 years ago with then partner Ken Aguado, who also produced the film. Made for 3 million dollars the film was released on August 16, 2013.
Caruso was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of Lorraine (Zullo) and Daniel John Caruso, who owned the House of Beauty, a salon. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1983, and then Pepperdine University. He is of Italian descent.
He married Holly Kuespert on July 6, 1991 and has 5 children. His oldest son Brandon Caruso was named to California's 2013 All State baseball team.
|1996||VR.5||TV Series, unknown episodes|
|High Incident||TV Series, unknown episodes|
|1997||Cyclops, Baby||Short Film|
|1998||Black Cat Run||Made-for-TV Movie|
|Buddy Faro||TV Series, unknown episodes|
|1999||Martial Law||TV Series, unknown episodes|
|Mind Prey||Made-for-TV Movie|
|The Strip||TV Series, unknown episodes|
|2001||Dark Angel||TV Series, 1 Episode, Season 1: Meow|
|Going to California||TV Series, unknown episodes|
|2002||Robbery Homicide Division||TV Series, 2 episodes|
|The Salton Sea||Feature film debut|
|Smallville||1 episode, Season 1: Shimmer|
|2002–2006||The Shield||TV series, 6 episodes|
|2005||Two for the Money||Film|
|Over There||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2011||I Am Number Four||Film|
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- Jason Buchanan. "D.J. Caruso". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
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- D. J. Caruso at the Internet Movie Database
- D. J. Caruso at AllRovi
- Q&A with D.J. Caruso
- DJ Caruso Interview