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Tom Dey

Tom Dey grew up in New England and studied philosophy, religion and film at Brown University. Upon graduation in 1987 he continued his pursuit of film at the Centre des Etudes Critiques in Paris, where he studied theory of cinema. He lived there for two years, then moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to attend the American Film Institute.

In 1993, Dey received his Masters degree from the American Film Institute, then proceeded to assemble a commercial director's reel shot primarily with a hand-wound 16mm camera borrowed from a friend. A year later, his reel caught the attention of the commercial production house Ridley Scott Associates, who offered him a directing contract. Dey signed on and has remained there ever since. His commercial clients include Mastercard, U.S. Airways, Showtime Networks and L'Oreal.

In 1998, Dey made the transition to feature filmmaking when he was hired by Disney and Spyglass Entertainment to direct the action comedy Shanghai Noon, starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu. The film was released in May 2000 and enjoyed critical and commercial success.

Showtime is Dey's second feature.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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Selected Filmography

Shanghai Noon
Failure to Launch
Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights
Showtime & Analyze That
Matthew McConaughey Collection
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