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Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World exploitation ... See full bio »

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 2016 Polybius (rumored) (pre-production)
 2011-2015 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- Na Pilikua Nui (2015)
- Nanahu (2015)
- Ho'oma'ike (2014)
- Kanalu Hope Loa (2014)
 2015 Salem (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2014 Witches of East End (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Poe Way Out (2014)
 2009 The Hole
 2007 The Greatest Show Ever (TV Movie)
 2007 CSI: NY (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Boo (2007)
 2005-2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Homecoming (2005)
 2006 Trapped Ashes (story segments "Wraparound")
 2003 Haunted Lighthouse (Short)
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Occupant (2001)
- A View Through the Window/Quiet Please (2001) ... (segment "Quiet Please")
 1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)
 1995 Picture Windows (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Lightning (1995)
 1994 Rebel Highway (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1993 Matinee
 1991-1992 Eerie, Indiana (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Heart on a Chain (1991)
- The Losers (1991)
- The Retainer (1991)
- Foreverware (1991)
 1989 The 'Burbs
 1987 Amazon Women on the Moon (segments "The French Ventiloquist's Dummy" [TV cut & DVD only], "Hairlooming", "Bullshit or Not", "Critic's Corner", "Roast Your Loved One", "Reckless Youth")
 1987 Innerspace
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Greibble (1986)
- Boo! (1986)
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Shadow Man/The Uncle Devil Show/Opening Day (1985) ... (segment "Shadow Man, The")
 1985 Explorers
 1984 Gremlins
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment "3")
 1981 The Howling
 1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School (uncredited)
 1978 Piranha
 1968 The Movie Orgy (Documentary)
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Wrote and reviewed for monster magazine "Castle of Frankenstein" using the names Joe Dante Jr. and Jivin' Joe Dante. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 30 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dante | Giuseppe Dantini

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Personal Quote:

[on Gremlins (1984)] What I like in movies especially are movies that do things that you can't do in real life and show you things that you can't see by walking out in the street. And there have been a lot of great movies that show you real life as it is lived and should be lived. But my favorite kind of movies are the ones that show you things that you can't see anywhere but in the movies. And ... See more »


Was scheduled to direct a Jaws (1975) parody (under the National Lampoon banner) in the early 1980s called "Jaws 3 People 0". Universal Pictures dropped this concept in favor of a "straight" film (which became the critical and financial flop Jaws 3-D (1983)). See more »


Always includes a reference to the Warner Bros. cartoons somewhere in each of his works. See more »

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Out of his league soquel_josh
Joe Dante is wonderful. DavidSim240183
Masters Of Horror crazylikeafox25
Must make something new soon... greghaus
Dante + Music roger-borjesson
Dear Mr. Dante, please make another feature film. atrac
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