Richard Pearce began his professional career in the late 1960’s as a documentary cameraman. His early credits as a cinematographer include four Oscar-winning films: "Woodstock," "Marjoe," "Interviews with My Lai Veterans," and "Hearts and Minds." Pearce made his feature directorial debut with the period drama "Heartland" which won the Golden Bear at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival’s first Showcase of American Independents.
Other feature films that he directed include "Country" for which Jessica Lange received an Academy Award nomination; "No Mercy" with Richard Gere and Kim Bassinger; "The Long Walk Home" with Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek; "Leap of Faith" with Steve Martin, Deborah Winger and Liam Neeson; and "A Family Thing" with Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.
Some of his television credits include two films for HBO: "Witness Protection" (Tom Sizemore and Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio) and "Dead Man Out" (Danny Glover and Reuben Blades); "Plainsong" (Aiden Quinn and Rachel Griffiths) for CBS; "South Pacific" with Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr. for ABC/Disney; and "Thicker Than Blood" (Mickey Rourke) for TNT. He directed the pilots for Fox TV’s "Party of Five" and ABC’s "Nothing Sacred" and episodes of "CSI Miami" and "Homicide." He was a co-executive producer and director on the series "Trial by Jury" for Dick Wolf and NBC.
In recent years, Pearce returned to making documentaries, including "The Road to Memphis" which he directed and photographed for the Martin Scorsese PBS series on the Blues; "The Judge and the General" which he executive produced; and the Academy Award nominated feature doc "Food Inc," which he co-produced (with Eric Schlosser) and photographed. A long time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Pearce recently served on its board of governors representing the documentary branch.