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Description
Nick Smirnoff was a production manager, assistant director, producer and photographer who has worked primarily between the 1970’s-2000’s in Los Angeles. His work includes numerous projects in the television industry, in addition to motion pictures and commercials. His most notable projects include Felicity, The Toolbox Murders, and Miami Vice. The collection is comprised of production and industry materials such as scripts, production reports, crew and cast contact lists, and publications containing industry guidelines and procedures.
Background
Nick R. Smirnoff was a production manager, producer and assistant director who has worked primarily in the television industry. Smirnoff was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1944 and was raised in the San Fernando Valley. He entered the film industry working as a gofer by way of his brother, David Smirnoff, who was a cameraman for FilmFair productions. Smirnoff earned an AA in theater arts and film from Valley College before serving three tours in Vietnam as a photographer in the Marines. Upon his return, Smirnoff went on to be a union craftsperson for FilmFair, working his way up to assistant director. From 1982-2009 Smirnoff worked as a Production Manager on projects such as T.J. Hooker, Coach, and Reasonable Doubts. Smirnoff has also worked as an assistant director on projects such as Miami Vice, Vega$, and ChiPS. From 1994-2000 Smirnoff was a co-producer on the television ns2:shows Felicity, and Silk Stalkings. Smirnoff has also worked as a still photographer, and exhibits his personal photographic work. He currently has a website, www.glasseyephotos.net, in which he displays his fine art, photojournalism and commercial work. Smirnoff retired in 2009 and currently lives with his wife Catherine in Tehachapi, California. His son, Chris Smirnoff, is an Emmy-award winning producer for the television ns2:show Modern Family.
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16.4 linear ft. (30 boxes, 3 record cartons, 1 shoe box, 3 flat boxes)
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Availability
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