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Thomas Schlamme Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas David Schlamme
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States
Profession
Producer, director

Fast Facts

  • Went to high school with Brent Spiner and Randy Quaid
  • Formed his own commercial production company in 1980
  • Wife Christine Lahti and eldest son Wilson appeared in his feature film directorial debut, Miss Firecracker, in 1989
  • Directed the pilot episode of Spin City, starring Michael J
  • Fox, in 1996
  • Frequent collaborator of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, beginning with their work together on the series Sports Night
  • Widely recognized within the television industry for his frequent use of the storytelling technique known as the "walk and talk

Awards

  • 2020Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials: winner
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: winner
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: winner
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated

Relationships