J. Michael Muro

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J. Michael Muro
Born James Michael Muro, Jr.
1966 (age 51–52)
Queens, New York, U.S.A
  • Cinematographer
  • director
  • camera operator
Years active 1982–present

James Michael Muro, Jr. (born 1966) is an American BAFTA Award-nominated cinematographer and director. He is known primarily for his Steadicam work. In the late 1980s and 1990s, he was James Cameron's Steadicam operator of choice, working on Cameron's hit films The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, and Titanic. Throughout his career, he has been credited as Jimmy Muro, James Muro, Jim Muro, and J. Michael Muro.

Muro also did Steadicam and B-camera operating on Kevin Costner's Academy Award-winning epic Dances with Wolves, contributing to cinematographer Dean Semler's win of the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. He has also worked on Costner's Open Range, making his debut as a director of photography.[1]

In 1986, Muro began his career by directing the low-budget cult horror movie Street Trash. He has gone on to direct several episodes of the Warner Bros. Television series Southland.[2]


Year Film Director Notes
1987 Street Trash J. Michael Muro
2003 Open Range Kevin Costner
2004 Crash Paul Haggis Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2005 Roll Bounce Malcolm D. Lee
2006 Flicka Michael Mayer
2007 Rush Hour 3 Brett Ratner
The Last Mimzy Robert Shaye
2008 Traitor Jeffrey Nachmanoff
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Paul Weitz
2011 What's Your Number? Mark Mylod
2013 Parker Taylor Hackford
2016 The Book of Love Bill Purple
2018 Billionaire Boys Club James Cox


  1. ^ "J. Michael Muro". Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Cinematographers.nl". 

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