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Joe Dante

Joe Dante made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard, followed by Piranha, both for Roger Corman. Dante directed the highly praised werewolf thriller The Howling, followed by the It's a Good Life segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. With Steven Spielberg as executive producer, Dante went on to helm the runaway hit Gremlins, which grossed more than $200 million at the world-wide box office. His other film credits include Innerspace, The ‘Burbs, Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Matinee. Most recently, Dante directed the feature film Small Soldiers, an action-fantasy that blended live action, animatronics, and computer generated imagery.

For television, Dante directed HBO's 1997 near-future drama The Second Civil War, for which he received a CableACE Award nomination for Best Director of a Movie/Mini-Series.

Dante is a noted movie buff with well-regarded knowledge of 1950s & 60s sci-fi/ horror films and Warner Bros. cartoons, whose films frequently pay homage to these classics.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Joe Dante Facts

OccupationDirector
BirthdayNovember 28, 1946 (70)
SignSagittarius
BirthplaceMorristown, New Jersey, USA

Selected Filmography

Gremlins
The Burbs
Explorers
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
The Howling
Goonies, The / Gremlins / Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Family Favorites: 10-Movie Collection
Twilight Zone: The Movie
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