Joe Dante

Film Director / Screenwriter / Actor / Film Producer / Television Producer | * 11/28/1946 (77) | Morristown, New Jersey (United States of America (USA))
Joseph James Dante Jr. (born November 28, 1946) is an American filmmaker, producer, editor and actor. His films—notably Gremlins (1984) alongside its sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)—often mix the 1950s-style B movie genre with 1960s radicalism and cartoon comedy. Dante's output includes the films Piranha (1978), The Howling (1981), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), The 'Burbs (1989), Matinee (1993), Small Soldiers (1998), and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). His work for telev... ()
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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 | Comedies | Horror

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for Joe Dante

Time Machine Award
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Movies with Joe Dante as Actor(100)

as himself2024 Sharksploitation
as Self - Interviewee2022 In Search of Tomorrow
as himself2022 Razzennest
as Self - Interviewee2022 Boris Karloff: The Rest of the Story
as himself2020 Tales of the Uncanny
as himself2019 Love, Antosha
as himself2019 In Search of Darkness
as himself2018 The Fear is Real
as himself2017 Sad Hill Unearthed
as himself2016 24×36
as himself2016 Long Live the King
as Prof. Milo Gottlieb2015 Tales of Halloween
as himself2014 Out of Print
as himself2014 That Guy Dick Miller
as Self - Reader (segment "Sicily Black and Blue")2013 A Fuller Life
as Salesman #22013 Blast Vegas
as Cab Driver2012 The Butterfly Room
as himself2012 Trailer War
as himself2011 American Grindhouse
as Self - Interviewee2011 A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!
as Self - Filmmaker2011 Corman's World
as himself2009 Monsterland
as himself2006 Hitchcocked!
as himself2002 Cinerama Adventure
as himself1997 Hollywood Rated 'R'
as himself1994 A Century of Cinema
as Dying Man1994 The Silence of the Hams
as Jailer1994 Beverly Hills Cop III
as Lab Assistant1992 Sleepwalkers
as Face on the Cutting Room Floor1991 Oscar
as Vectorscope Employee (uncredited)1987 Innerspace
as Busboy (uncredited)1982 Eating Raoul
as Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited)1978 Piranha
as Party Waiter1976 Hollywood Boulevard
as Kid1976 Cannonball

TV Shows/Series with Joe Dante as Actor(8)

Movies with Joe Dante as Crew(42)

Directing/Director2023 The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
Production/Producer2023 The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
Production/Executive Producer2018 Camp Cold Brook
Directing/Director2018 Nightmare Cinema
Production/Executive Producer2017 Trafficked
Directing/Director2014 Burying the Ex
Production/Producer2011 Trail of Blood
Crew/Thanks2011 Corman's World
Crew/Thanks2010 Embryo
Directing/Director2009 The Hole
Directing/Director2009 Splatter
Directing/Director2006 The Screwfly Solution
Directing/Director2006 Trapped Ashes
Directing/Director2005 Homecoming
Directing/Director2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Directing/Director1998 Small Soldiers
Directing/Director1997 The Second Civil War
Directing/Director1996 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy
Production/Producer1996 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy
Directing/Director1995 Lightning
Directing/Director1994 Runaway Daughters
Production/Associate Producer1994 Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
Directing/Director1993 Matinee
Writing/Characters1991 Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever
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
Directing/Director1981 The Howling
Editing/Editor1981 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
Editing/Editor1974 The Arena
Directing/Director1968 The Movie Orgy
Editing/Editor1968 The Movie Orgy

TV Shows/Series with Joe Dante as Crew(13)

Production/Consulting Producer2023 Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai
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/Director1994 Rebel Highway
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 Morristown, New Jersey (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 77 years + 230 days)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dog)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: The University of the Arts
Joe Dante frequently works together with these people:
Roger Corman (32x, Crew)
John Landis (32x, Actor)
Mick Garris (30x, Crew)
Dick Miller (26x, Actor)
Allan Arkush (19x, Crew)
Robert McCord (18x, Actor)
Elijah Drenner (17x, Crew)
Rick Baker (16x, Crew)
Robert Picardo (15x, Actor)
Constantine Nasr (15x, Crew)
Jerry Goldsmith (14x, Crew)
Michael Finnell (14x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:9043, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 06/29/2024