Theodore (Theo) Gluck is a 40-year veteran of the film industry, specializing in film restoration and preservation. For the past 30 years, he has been at The Walt Disney Studios working with multiple branches of the organization worldwide, including Disney Character Voices International and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
Beginning in 2004, Theo served as the Director of Library Restoration and Preservation. During that time, he supervised the studio’s meticulous restoration efforts on many of Disney’s iconic films, from Steamboat Willie to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Sleeping Beauty, as well as dozens of other classic features and shorts from the company’s vast filmed-entertainment library. During his tenure Theo was involved in numerous projects including part of the studio team that coordinated the 70mm premiere of The Lion King at Radio City Music Hall and the outdoor German premiere of Pocahontas at the Olympic Park in Munich in 1995.
Based in Los Angeles, Theo is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, where he also serves as the Chairman of the Council’s Technology History Subcommittee. Theo has also served as a mentor in the Academy’s Gold Mentor Program since its inception. Additional long-standing professional affiliations include the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).
Theo is a sought-after speaker, appearing on Turner Classics Movies (TCM) with the late Robert Osborne. Other presentations and appearances include the Museum of Modern Art, Ohio State University, the National Science and Media Museum in England, as well as Pixar Animation Studios, Dolby Laboratories, UCLA and USC.
In addition to restoration project supervision and consulting, Theo is also available as an analyst, commentator, panelist and subject expert at conferences, symposiums and special events, as well as university lectures.
Lady and The Tramp
+ 135 Animated Shorts
Live Action Features
Widescreen Weekend Festival - Bradford, UK 2018
Cinema Revival Festival, Wexner Center at Ohio State, 2017
Museum of Modern Art, NYC: Technicolor Centennial, 2015
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
(SciTech Council / Technology History Sub-committee Chair)
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society
Association of Moving Image Archivists
Theo Gluck cares about film and it shows —
in his archival work, his historical research,
and his approach to every project he tackles.
Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian.