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Tommy Lee Wallace
Born Thomas George Wallace
September 6, 1949 (1949-09-06) (age 60)
Somerset, Kentucky, U.S.
Spouse(s) Nancy Kyes (m. ? div. ?)

Tommy Lee Wallace (born September 6, 1949) is an American film producer, director and screenwriter.




Early life

Born Thomas Lee Wallace in Somerset, Kentucky to Robert G. Wallace, and his wife Kathleen Wallace. He has one sister, Linda. He grew up in Bowling Green, KY and attended high school at Western Kentucky University teachers training school (aka College High).

also a cheeseball


BFA in Design from Ohio University, Athens, OH MFA program in Film production at University Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Early Film Work

Wallace began to realize his dream of working in the film business in 1976 when he worked as the sound effects editor and art director on Assault on Precinct 13, directed by longtime friend John Carpenter, with whom he had previously worked on 1974's Dark Star, a low budget science fiction comedy that took years to make. In 1978, he served as production designer and co-editor of Halloween, also directed by Carpenter. In 1980, he followed up his work as editor and production designer for Halloween by serving in the same capacity for Carpenter's next theatrical release The Fog. In addition to his duties as editor and production designer, Wallace also appeared in Halloween intermittently as The Shape (the masked Michael Myers) and in The Fog as several different ghosts.

Directorial Debut

For Halloween II, John Carpenter, serving as producer, offered the directorial responsibilities to Wallace. After careful deliberation Wallace declined, citing disappointment with the script. Wallace did, however, write and direct the third film, Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Work Over The Years

Wallace has continued to write and direct. In 1988, he co-wrote and directed the sequel Fright Night II starring Roddy McDowell. In 1990, he served as writer and director of the made-for-television miniseries It based on the novel by Stephen King. In 2002, he directed Vampires: Los Muertos, a sequel to the 1998 film Vampires directed by John Carpenter.



  • Gorezone Magazine (USA) 1988, Iss. 3, pg. 44-47, by: Marc Shapiro, "Tommy Lee Wallace Leaves the Carpenter Nest"

Personal life

Wallace is also credited as 'Tommy L. Wallace', 'Tommy Wallace' and 'Tom Wallace'. He is divorced from actress Nancy Kyes who appeared as Annie in Halloween and Halloween II and as Mrs. Challis in Halloween III. Together, they have two daughters.

Directed films


Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1981 Nominated Saturn Award Best Special Effects for The Fog
Shared with:
Richard Albain
James F. Liles
1991 Won ACE Award Writing a Movie or Miniseries for El Diablo
Shared with:
John Carpenter
Bill Phillips
1989 Nominated International Fantasy Film Award Best Film for Fright Night Part 2

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