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Tao Ruspoli
Born November 7, 1975 (1975-11-07) (age 34)
Bangkok, Thailand
Occupation filmmaker, photographer, and musician
Spouse(s) Olivia Wilde (2003-present)

Tao Ruspoli (born 7 November 1975) is an Italian-American filmmaker, photographer, and musician.



Ruspoli is the second son of occasional actor and aristocrat Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri and Austrian-American actress Debra Berger. He is the older brother of Bartolomeo Ruspoli (born 6 October 1978 in Rome), second husband of Aileen Getty.

Tao was born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

He married actress Olivia Wilde on June 7, 2003 in Washington, Virginia.[1]

He currently lives and works in Venice, Los Angeles, California.


Moviemaker magazine singled out Ruspoli as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To Watch in its spring 2008 issue. His feature narrative debut, Fix, was one of 10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for "most innovative and progressive filmmaker." Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers Media Festival, as well as other prizes at several international festivals.

His most well-known documentary is Just Say Know, a personal discussion of his family's drug addiction. His other films include Flamenco: A Personal Journey, a feature length documentary about the flamenco way of life as it is lived by Gypsies in the south of Spain. He has directed a number of other short documentaries, including El Cable (also about Flamenco), and This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (a portrait of the renowned logician, mathematician and concert pianist Raymond Smullyan).

Tao founded LAFCO in 2000. The Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative, is a bohemian collective of filmmakers and musicians who work out of a converted school bus. Through LAFCO, Tao has produced several films and helped dozens of filmmakers to make their first films and discover the wonders of digital media.

His producing credits include the feature film Camjackers, which he also acted in and co-edited. Camjackers won the best editing award at the 44th Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Tao is an accomplished flamenco guitar player, and his first CD, Flamenco, was released on Mapleshade Records in 2005.


  • Jack (1996) Production Assistant
  • Bulworth (1998) Art department Assistant
  • Tango, no me dejes nunca (1998) Camera Apprentice (as Teo Rispoli)
  • Just Say Know (2002) Director, Cinematographer and Film editor
  • This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Raymond Smullyan (2004) Director, Cinematographer and Film editor
  • El Cable (2004) Director, Cinematographer, Editor and Film producer
  • Flamenco: A Personal Journey (2005) Director, Cinematographer and Film producer
  • Camjackers (2006) .... Whack Filmmaker #1 and also Film editor and Executive Producer
  • Fix (2008) .... Milo and also Writer, Cinematographer and Film director
  • Behind the Wheel (2008) Film director
  • Being in the World (2009) Film director



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