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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.

J. Michael Muro
James Michael Muro, Jr.

1966 (age 52–53)
  • Cinematographer
  • director
  • camera operator
Years active1982–present

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]



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