Robert Reed Altman

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Robert Altman
Robert Reed Altman and Cora.jpg
Altman holding his daughter
Born Robert Reed Altman
(1959-12-22)December 22, 1959
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Camera operator, director of photography
Years active 1975-present
Spouse(s) Barbara Ann Altman
Children 1

Robert Reed Altman (born December 22, 1959) has served as a camera operator and director of photography on feature films and television series since the 1970s.[1] He is the son of filmmaker Robert Altman and Kathryn Reed.[2]


Altman began his career serving as focus puller and second assistant camera on the films such as: Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), A Wedding (1978), Popeye (1980), Health (1982), Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), Streamers (1983), and Fool for Love (1985).

Altman shifted gears and gravitated to television where he served as camera operator on the TV series Alien Nation (1989), Tales of the City (1993), Melrose Place (1992), and Robert Altman's Gun (1997). Altman also served as second unit director of photography on the hit TV series, The Wonder Years.

In 2004, Altman served as director of Photography on director Robert Altman and writer/cartoonist Garry Trudeau's Tanner on Tanner. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the film was a follow-up to their documentary-style Emmy-winning film, Tanner '88. The new "Tanner", a four-part series following the new adventures of fictional presidential nominee Tanner, was filmed to coincide with the Bush-Kerry elections.

In between his work for television, Altman continues to return to feature filmmaking as a camera operator or cinematographer. Credits include Looking for Trouble for Roger Corman; several projects directed by Robert Altman, Kansas City (1996), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Cookie's Fortune (1999) and Dr. T & the Women (2000), as well as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) directed by Kevin Smith, and The Scorpion King (2002) starring The Rock.

Altman last worked with his father on A Prairie Home Companion.

Altman has worked on the network shows Boston Legal, The O.C., Bones and Lost.

Personal life[edit]

Altman is married to Barbara Ann Altman and has one daughter, Cora Kathryn Ann Altman.[3]


  1. ^ Robert Altman: "The Oral Biography." Retrieved on August 27, 2010
  2. ^ Robert Altman: "Sandcastle 5 Productions." Retrieved on August 27, 2010
  3. ^ Biography: "Robert Reed Altman." Retrieved on August 27, 2010

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