Tom Woodruff Jr. (born January 21, 1959) is an American actor, director, producer and special effects supervisor. He won an Academy Award for Best Special Effects for his work on the 1992 dark fantasy film Death Becomes Her; that same year he was also nominated for the same award for Alien 3.Some of his most notable works include: The Santa Clause (1994), Starship Troopers (1997), Cast Away (2000), It (2017) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
In 1983 Woodruff married fellow Loyalsock and Lycoming grad Tami Spitler. The couple have three children named David, Taylor and Connor. In 2013 Woodruff delivered the commencement speech at his alma mater Lycoming College. In 2019 Woodruff and his wife moved back home to Pennsylvania, settling back in their home-town of Loyalsock Township. Woodruff's son, David T. Woodruff, works in special effects and costumed acting like his father today.
Woodruff Jr. was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1959. He grew up in nearby Loyalsock Township, Pennsylvania and attended Loyalsock Township High School and graduated in 1977. Upon graduating high school he enrolled at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania where he earned a dual-degree in business administration and theater.
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Godzilla vs. Kong
The monster war rages on the surface and deep within our world as the secret realm of the titans known as the hollow earth is revealed.
In Search of Tomorrow
A nostalgic journey through '80s Sc-fi-films, exploring their impact and relevance today, was told by the artist who made them and by those who were inspired to turn their visions into reality.
In Search of Darkness: Part II
BigGER is the ultimate ‘80s horror retrospective. In Search of Darkness: Part II is a four-hour-plus sequel to the award-winning In Search of Darkness, adding 15 new interviews and 40+ returning favor...
A newly engaged couple finds the home of their dreams and it quickly becomes a nightmare when the previous owner's friend continues squatting in their guest house. The turf war ruins their house, thei...
It Chapter Two
The former members of the Losers' Club, who have grown up and moved away from Derry, are brought back together by a phone call, 27 years after they overcame the evil supernatural entity calledPennywis...
In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror
An exploration of '80s horror movies through the perspective of the actors, directors, producers and SFX craftspeople who made them, and their impact on contemporary cinema.
The Mortuary Collection
In the phantasmagorical town of Raven's End, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. The eccentric undertaker chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twi...
Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film
Fifty years after its release, the special effects makeup team behind Planet of the Apes reflect on the film.
Sorry to Bother You
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, a black telemarketer named Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success.
Wolfman's Got Nards
A documentary that explores the power of cult film told through the lens of the Monster Squad and the impact it has on fans, cast and crew and the industry.
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In an anthology series, a hotel room where every guest comes to stay reveals a unique set of circumstances and quirks.
In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown calledPennywise.
Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex
The Frankenstein Complex takes a historical as well as a creative perspective, with a mix of fascinating scenes behind the camera, film clips, and dozens of interviews with all the big names in the in...
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Gladers are looking for information. Their journey leads them to a wasteland filled with obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on the vastly superior forces of WCKD and ...
Fire City: End of Days
Vine, a disillusioned demon, is forced into a choice to save his brethren or an innocent human girl. Demons have been living secretly among humans for centuries. It was a fragile balance that has now...
A group of grad students have booked passage on a fishing boat to study the effects of global warming on a group of Orcas. Things get very dangerous when the ship's crew dredges up a piece of old Sovi...
Fire City: King of Miseries
A fortune teller in the demon world, called an interpreter of signs, reads the fortune of a paranoid demon named Christopher, and discovers he's not telling her the full story.
Astronaut: The Last Push
When a tragic accident ends the first manned mission to explore life on the moons of Jupiter, Michael Forrest must make a 3 year journey home to Earth in solitude.
Men in Suits
Godzilla… Predator… Robby the Robot… The Gill Man… These are some of the most iconic characters in cinema, but many people still don't know about the incredible actors who bring these creatures to lif...
One of the best-loved caretakers at the Franklin Park Zoo is a kindhearted man, but since he is more comfortable with the animals than with females of his own species, his love life is lacking. When i...
When strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, people are drawn outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of ...
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
darren shan is a regular teenage kid. They are looking for tickets. A wolf-man and a bearded lady are some of the strange acts that can be seen at "Cirque du Freak".
Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years; their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to ...
Race to Witch Mountain
Taxi drivers get more than they bargained for when they pick up runaways. They have supernatural powers and are trying to escape people who have made them their targets.
Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
In our backyard, the fearsome creatures from two of the scariest films wage their most brutal battle. Aliens caused a small town in Colorado to become a war zone. After a scout ship crash lands in the...
Monster Squad Forever!
This is a feature-length look into the creation of the 20 year old cult-classic, Monster Squad, including interviews with writer/director Fred Dekker, stars Tom Noonan, Duncan Regehr, and more.
The warrior survived a near-death experience, became an assassin-for-hire, and tried to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.
Shooting 'Panic Room'
Watch David Fincher's journey of the filming process for Panic Room (2002) in this interesting documentary. We see the entire cast and crew throughout production until the final filming day. Many inte...
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
When scientists discover a buried Pyramid, a research team is sent to investigate. Aliens are grown for a race.
Wreckage and Rage: Making 'Alien³'
The film Alien3 is covered in a documentary. Many interviews with the cast and crew give us an idea of how hard it was for David Fincher to make his first feature film, as well as present us with much...
Superior Firepower: Making 'Aliens'
This feature-length documentary, made especially for the 2003 Aliens DVD release, is incredibly informative with all its interviews with both the cast and crew, as well as behind the scenes footage fi...
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Fed up with all the attention going to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck quits Hollywood and teams up with a recently-fired stuntman. Along with Bugs and The VP of Warner Bros., they will embark on a round-the-w...
Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and...
The Santa Clause 2
The big guy is in town again. Scott Calvin is required to have a wife. If he doesn't leave the North Pole, he will have to give up his job.
A comedy that follows the chaos that ensues when a meteor hits the Earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest." David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Seann Wil...
Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to disappear. Nobody knows how...
The 6th Day
A man who met a clone of himself stumbles into a conspiracy about clones taking over the world.
He will be given seven wishes when he meets Satan. His soul was the problem. He wants a rock star and a basketball star. Each of his dreams has a twist by the Devil.
Two hundred years have passed since then. A group of scientists cloned Ripley. The new Ripley and the new aliens are both full of surprises. Ripley has to work with a group of people to stop the creat...
When siblings Judy and Peter discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they inadvertently invite an adult who's been trapped inside the game for 26 years into their livi...
Nine generations have passed since an evil sorcerer won battles against his enemies. If he wins a tenth tournament, there will be desolation and evil. In order to save Earth, three warriors must overc...
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Chicago Hope was created by David E. Kelley is a person. It ran on CBS from 1994 to 2000. There is a hospital in Chicago. TVGN will show the show in the fall of next year.
The Santa Clause
Santa fell from the roof. When Scott and his son go to the North Pole to deliver gifts, Scott learns that he must become the new Santa.
Ripley escaped from the alien planet and crashed into a prison planet. A visitor died in the crash. With aid being a long time away, the prisoners must simply survive in any way they can, and the pris...
Despite an admonition from a shapely seismology coed who's picking up odd readings on her equipment, Val and Earl decided to leave town because they couldn't eke out a living in Nevada. Val and Earl d...
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Tales from the Crypt
The Crypt Keeper has fun and frightening things to do. Back in the day, there were stories in the comics. Pick up your poison at the bar. Will honeymooners fulfill their vow?
A group of miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor. The crew is fighting for their lives.
A witch-hunter is looking for a warlock from the 17th to the 20th century. A Warlock is in Boston. He is sentenced to death for his activities, but before he is executed a demon appears and propels th...
When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species on. All contact with the planet is lost when a company sends a f...
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