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Tim Samaras (1957–2013)

His mother talked him into watching The Wizard of Oz (1939) on his family's television when he was six years old. Samaras became fond of the tornado scene. After that scene ended, he had no interest in everything else from that musical film, not even the Wicked Witch. Samaras attended Lasley Elementary and O'Connell Junior High in Lakewood. His ... See full bio »


(age 55) in El Reno, Oklahoma, USA

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Tornado Video Classics III Camera and Electrical Department
Secrets of the Tornado Camera and Electrical Department
Tornado Chasers Himself
Storm Chasers Himself


Hide Hide Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (2 credits)
 1998 Secrets of the Tornado (Video documentary) (video)
 1995 Tornado Video Classics III (Video documentary) (video)
Hide Hide Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
 2008 Earth: The Climate Wars (TV Series documentary) (archive source - 1 episode)
- Fight for the Future (2008) ... (archive source)
Hide Hide Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
 2016 Storm Chasing: The Anthology (Documentary) (special thanks)
 2015 Inside the Mega Twister (TV Movie documentary) (in memory of)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (5 credits)
 2013 Tornado Chasers (TV Series)
- Stranded (2013) ... Himself
 2012 ABC News Nightline (TV Series)
Himself - Storm Chaser
- Episode dated 10 August 2012 (2012) ... Himself - Storm Chaser
 2010 Storm Chasers (TV Series documentary)
- Judgement Day (2010) ... Himself
- Twister Twilight Zone (2010) ... Himself
- Perfect Storm (2010) ... Himself
- Smoke Monster (2010)
- Dedication (2010)
 2009 Inside (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Tornado Expert
- Into the Tornado (2009) ... Himself - Tornado Expert
 2007 National Geographic Explorer (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Electronics Engineer
- Struck by Lightning (2007) ... Himself - Electronics Engineer
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)
 2016 Storm Chasing: The Anthology (Documentary)
Himself - Engineer, Storm Chaser
 2015 Inside the Mega Twister (TV Movie documentary)
 2015 Spiegel TV Magazin (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Storm Chaser
- Episode dated 10 May 2015 (2015) ... Himself - Storm Chaser
 2013 Mile Wide Tornado: Oklahoma Disaster (TV Movie documentary)
 2003 Amazing Moments (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Storm Chaser

Personal Details

Other Works:

book: "Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth". Washington, DC: National Geographic. ISBN 978-1426203022

Official Sites:

Official Site | Twitter


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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