The son of legendary filmmaker Robert Altman and Kathryn Reed, Robert Reed Altman grew up with a passion for film in his blood. Altman began his career serving as assistant camera on the films that would catapult the elder Altman into the pantheon of great American directors: Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976), A Wedding (1978), Popeye (1979), HealtH (1980), Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), Streamers (1983), and Fool for Love (1985). Many of these films, now considered classics, also garnered critical praise, including numerous Academy Awards for NashvilleIn 2004, Following this succession of Hollywood hits, Altman shifted gears and gravitated to television, where he served as camera operator on the acclaimed TV series Alien Nation(1989), Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (1993), Melrose Place (1992), The Wonder Years (1996), Robert Altman’s Gun (1997).
Then as Second Unit DP & Operator on The O.C. (2002-1004), Chuck (2004 – 2006), Lost (2006-2007), Heart of Dixie (2008-2010) Altman made his mark as director of photography on director Robert Altman’s and writer/cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s Tanner on Tanner (2004). A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, the film was a follow-up to Altman and Trudeau’s documentary-style Emmy-winning masterpiece Tanner ’88 (1988). The new Tanner, a four-part series following the new adventures of frictional presidential nominee Tanner, was filmed to coincide with the Bush-Kerry elections.(1975). Robert Reed Altman served as Director of Photography on the hit TV series Bones (2011-2017).
In between his work for television, Robert Reed Altman continues to return to feature filmmaking as a director & cinematographer. Other credits include “Looking for Trouble” (1996)_ for Roger Corman; several projects directed by Robert Altman, Kansas City (1996), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Cookie’s Fortune (1999), Dr. T & the Women(2000); as well as the more recent films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), directed by Kevin Smith, and The Scorpion King (2002), starring Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock. Robert Reed Altman directed one of the last episodes of Bones “Steal in the Wheel” (2017) Robert Reed Altman is now starting as Director of Photography on “Valor” for The CW in Atlanta 2017. – IMDb Mini Biography By: Robert Reed Altman