Donald E. Thorin

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Donald E. Thorin
Donald Eugene Thorin

(1934-10-12)October 12, 1934[1]
DiedFebruary 9, 2016(2016-02-09) (aged 81)[2][3]
Other namesDonald Thorin
Years active1958–2003
OrganizationAmerican Society of Cinematographers

Donald Eugene Thorin, ASC (October 12, 1934 – February 9, 2016) was an American cinematographer.


Thorin was born in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1957, he went to Hollywood and started working as mailroom at 20th Century Fox.[1] Later he moved to camera department as camera loader, and started his cinematographer career from the 2nd camera assistant on The Young Lions.[1]

He worked with Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds), Michael Ritchie (Wildcats, The Golden Child, The Couch Trip), Martin Brest (Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman), and Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Nothing to Lose).

He was also cinematographer on well-known films such as Sylvester Stallone's Lock Up and Tango & Cash, Whoopi Goldberg's Boys on the Side, Bette Midler's The First Wives Club, and Samuel L. Jackson's Shaft.

He was the father of cinematographer and TV drama director Donald E. Thorin Jr. (born 1957), and camera department Jeffrey Thorin (born 1961).


As cinematographer:

Year Title Director
1981 Thief Michael Mann
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Taylor Hackford
1983 Bad Boys Rick Rosenthal
1984 Against All Odds Taylor Hackford
Purple Rain Albert Magnoli
1985 Mischief Mel Damski
1986 Wildcats Michael Ritchie
American Anthem Albert Magnoli
The Golden Child Michael Ritchie
1988 The Couch Trip
Midnight Run Martin Brest
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Jeff Kanew
Collision Course Lewis Teague
Lock Up John Flynn
Tango & Cash Andrei Konchalovsky
1991 The Marrying Man Jerry Rees
1992 Out on a Limb Francis Veber
Scent of a Woman Martin Brest
1993 Undercover Blues Herbert Ross
1994 Little Big League Andrew Scheinman
1995 Boys on the Side Herbert Ross
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Steve Oedekerk
1996 The First Wives Club Hugh Wilson
1997 Nothing to Lose Steve Oedekerk
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Kelly Makin
Dudley Do-Right Hugh Wilson
2000 Shaft John Singleton
2003 Head of State Chris Rock

As camera operator

Year Title Director Notes
1971 Minnie and Moskowitz John Cassavetes
1973 A Summer Without Boys Jeannot Szwarc TV movie
1974 Harrad Summer Steven Hilliard Stern
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Martin Scorsese Uncredited
1975 Report to the Commissioner Milton Katselas
Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York Sidney J. Furie
Hearts of the West Howard Zieff Uncredited
Let's Do It Again Sidney Poitier
1976 Gable and Lombard Sidney J. Furie Uncredited
Bound for Glory Hal Ashby
Polaroid Glasses Haskell Wexler Short film
1977 A Circle of Children Don Taylor TV movie
Annie Hall Woody Allen
One on One Lamont Johnson
1978 Coming Home Hal Ashby
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Michael Schultz
Comes a Horseman Alan J. Pakula
1979 Walking Through the Fire Robert Day TV movie
1980 The Black Marble Harold Becker
Gauguin the Savage Fielder Cook TV movie
Die Laughing Jeff Werner
1981 Cutter's Way Ivan Passer
Second-Hand Hearts Hal Ashby

Other roles

Year Title Director Role Notes
1958 The Young Lions Edward Dmytryk Second assistant camera Uncredited
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Steve Oedekerk Director of photography: second unit


  1. ^ a b c d "DONALD THORIN". Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Witmer, Jon D. (May 1, 2016). "In Memoriam: Don Thorin Sr., ASC, 1934-2016". American Cinematographer. Los Angeles, California, U.S.: American Society of Cinematographers. 97 (5): 93. ISSN 0002-7928.
  3. ^ a b "Donald Thorin Obituary - Tucson, Arizona". February 10, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.

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