Biography

Joseph "Joe" Dante, Jr. is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and science fiction content. His films include Piranha (1978) and The Howling (1981), both from scripts by John Sayles; Segment 3 of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983); Gremlins (1984), his first major hit, and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990); Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987); The 'Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Runaway Daughters (1994), The Second Civil War (1997), The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998), Small Soldiers (1998), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and Homecoming (2005). In 1995-1996, Dante worked on The Phantom, and when he was removed from the film, he chose screen credit (as executive producer) rather than pay. He was creative consultant on Eerie, Indiana (1991–1992) and directed five episodes. He played himself in the series finale.

Joseph "Joe" Dante, Jr. is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and science fiction content. His films include Piranha (1978) and The Howling (1981), both from scripts by John Sayles; Segment 3 of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983); Gremlins (1984), his first major hit, and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990); Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987); The 'Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Runaway Daughters (1994), The Second Civil War (1997), The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998), Small Soldiers (1998), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and Homecoming (2005). In 1995-1996, Dante worked on The Phantom, and when he was removed from the film, he chose screen credit (as executive producer) rather than pay. He was creative consultant on Eerie, Indiana (1991–1992) and directed five episodes. He played himself in the series finale.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 102

Birthday 1946-11-28

Place of Birth Morristown, New Jersey, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

Fear Paris Director
The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes Director
Labirintus Director
2019 Nightmare Cinema Director
2016 MacGyver (1 episode)Director
2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (1 episode)Director
2014 Burying the Ex Director
2010 Hawaii Five-0 (4 episodes)Director
2009 Splatter (3 episodes)Director Director
2009 The Hole Director
2006 The Screwfly Solution Director
2006 Trapped Ashes Director
2005 Homecoming Director
2005 Masters of Horror (2 episodes)Director
2004 CSI: NY (1 episode)Director
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Director
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Director
2001 Night Visions (2 episodes)Director
1998 Small Soldiers Director
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy Director
1997 The Second Civil War Director
1994 Runaway Daughters Director
1994 Rebel Highway Director
1993 Matinee Director
1991 Eerie, Indiana (5 episodes)Director
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Director
1989 The 'Burbs Director
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Director
1987 Innerspace Director
1985 Amazing Stories (2 episodes)Director
1985 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)Director
1985 Explorers Director
1984 Gremlins Director
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Director
1982 Police Squad! (2 episodes)Director
1981 The Howling Director
1978 Piranha Director
1976 Hollywood Boulevard Director
1968 The Movie Orgy Director
1959 The Twilight Zone (2 episodes)Director

Acting

In Search of Tomorrow
2019 Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf
2019 Phil Tippett : Mad Dreams and Monsters
2019 In Search of Darkness as Himself
2018 King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen as Himself
2018 Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros. Years as Himself
2018 Sad Hill Unearthed as Himself
2016 Kong: Long Live The King as himself
2016 Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy as Himself
2015 Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex as Himself
2015 Tales of Halloween as Prof. Milo Gottlieb
2014 There Goes the Neighbourhood: The Making of The 'Burbs as Himself
2014 Out of Print as Himself
2014 Clawing! A Journey Through Spanish Horror as Himself - Director
2014 That Guy Dick Miller as Himself
2014 42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street as Himself
2012 Trailer War as Himself
2012 The Butterfly Room as Cab Driver
2012 ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie as Himself
2012 To Be... A Film Favorite
2011 A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!
2011 Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan as Himself
2011 American Grindhouse as Himself
2011 Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel as himself
2010 Machete Maidens Unleashed! as Himself
2010 The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry as Himself
2010 Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. as Himself
2009 Nightmares in Red, White and Blue as Himself
2009 Fulci in the House: The Italian Master of Splatter as Himself
2009 Monsterland as Himself
2008 Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX
2007 Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story as Himself
2007 Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein as Himself
2007 The Decade of Darkness as Himself
2007 Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman as Himself
2007 The Hatching of Spider Baby as Himself
2006 Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon as Himself
2006 Hitchcocked! as Himself
2005 RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' as Himself
2005 Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy
2004 100 Scariest Movie Moments (5 episodes) as Himself
2004 Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-screen as Self
2004 Mario Bava: Operazione paura as Himself
2004 Welcome to Werewolfland
2001 It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures as Himself
2000 Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre as Himself
1999 She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein as Himself
1997 Hollywood Rated 'R' as himself
1994 Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror as Himself
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III as Jailer
1994 The Silence of the Hams as Dying Man
1992 Sleepwalkers as Lab Assistant
1991 Eerie, Indiana (1 episode) as Director / Himself
1990 The Horror Hall of Fame as Himself
1985 The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal as Himself
1982 Eating Raoul as Busboy
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School as Riot Cop with sunglasses (uncredited)
1978 Piranha as Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited)
1978 Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel as Himself
1976 Cannonball as Kid
1976 Hollywood Boulevard as Party Waiter

Production

The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes Producer
2017 Trafficked Executive Producer
2011 Trail of Blood Producer
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy Producer
1994 Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror Associate Producer

Editing

1981 The Howling Editor
1978 Piranha Editor
1977 Grand Theft Auto Editor
1976 Hollywood Boulevard Editor
1968 The Movie Orgy Editor

Writing

1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School Story

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