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Joe Dante

Film Director / Screenwriter / Actor / Film Producer | * 11/28/1946 (72) | Morristown, New Jersey, USA
Joseph James Dante Jr. (born November 28, 1946) is an American film director, producer, editor and actor. His films—notably Gremlins (1984)—often mix fantastical storylines with comedic elements. Dante's films also include Piranha (1978), The Howling (1981), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), The 'Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). His work for television and cable includes immigration satire ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Horror | Comedies

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Movies with Joe Dante as Actor(52)

as himself2019 In Search of Darkness
as himself2018 Sad Hill Unearthed
as Prof. Milo Gottlieb2015 Tales of Halloween
as himself2014 Out of Print
as himself2014 That Guy Dick Miller
as Cab Driver2012 The Butterfly Room
as himself2012 Trailer War
as himself2011 American Grindhouse
as himself2009 Monsterland
as himself2006 Hitchcocked!
as himself1997 Hollywood Rated 'R'
as Dying Man1994 The Silence of the Hams
as Jailer1994 Beverly Hills Cop III
as Lab Assistant1992 Sleepwalkers
as Busboy1982 Eating Raoul
as Riot Cop with sunglasses (uncredited)1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School
as Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited)1978 Piranha
as Party Waiter1976 Hollywood Boulevard
as Kid1976 Cannonball

TV Shows/Series with Joe Dante as Actor(2)

as Director / Himself1991 Eerie, Indiana

Movies with Joe Dante as Crew(38)

Directing/Director2019 Labirintus
Directing/Director2019 The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
Production/Producer2019 The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
Directing/Director2019 Fear Paris
Directing/Director2019 Nightmare Cinema
Directing/Director2014 Burying the Ex
Production/Producer2011 Trail of Blood
Directing/Director2009 The Hole
Directing/Director2009 Splatter
Directing/Director2006 The Screwfly Solution
Directing/Director2006 Trapped Ashes
Directing/Director2005 Homecoming
Directing/Director2003 Haunted Lighthouse
Directing/Director2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Directing/Director1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy
Production/Producer1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy
Directing/Director1998 Small Soldiers
Directing/Director1997 The Second Civil War
Directing/Director1994 Runaway Daughters
Production/Associate Producer1994 Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
Directing/Director1993 Matinee
Directing/Director1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Directing/Director1989 The 'Burbs
Directing/Director1987 Amazon Women on the Moon
Directing/Director1987 Innerspace
Directing/Director1985 Explorers
Directing/Director1984 Gremlins
Directing/Director1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
Editing/Editor1981 The Howling
Directing/Director1981 The Howling
Writing/Story1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School
Directing/Director1978 Piranha
Editing/Editor1978 Piranha
Editing/Editor1977 Grand Theft Auto
Directing/Director1976 Hollywood Boulevard
Editing/Editor1976 Hollywood Boulevard
Directing/Director1968 The Movie Orgy
Editing/Editor1968 The Movie Orgy

TV Shows/Series with Joe Dante as Crew(11)

Directing/Director2016 MacGyver
Directing/Director2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Directing/Director2010 Hawaii Five-0
Directing/Director2005 Masters of Horror
Directing/Director2004 CSI: NY
Directing/Director2001 Night Visions
Directing/Director1991 Eerie, Indiana
Directing/Director1985 Amazing Stories
Directing/Director1985 The Twilight Zone
Directing/Director1982 Police Squad!
Directing/Director1959 The Twilight Zone

Full Name: Joe Dante
Born: Thursday, 11/28 1946 (November) in Jaén (current age: 72 years + 296 days)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN)
Joe Dante frequently works together with these people:
John Landis (24x, Actor)
Dick Miller (23x, Actor)
Roger Corman (20x, Crew)
Mick Garris (19x, Crew)
Elijah Drenner (15x, Crew)
Paul Bartel (14x, Actor)
Robert Picardo (12x, Actor)
Belinda Balaski (12x, Actress)
Balázs Mészáros (12x, Cast)
Michael Finnell (10x, Crew)
Peter M. Lenkov (9x, Crew)
Jodi Bean (6x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:9043, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 09/02/2019