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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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12 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Gremlins
Gremlins Director
(1984)
Small Soldiers
Small Soldiers Director
(1998)
The 'Burbs
The 'Burbs Director
(1989)

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 2009 The Hole
 2006 Trapped Ashes (story segments "Wraparound")
 1993 Matinee
 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
 1985 Explorers
 1984 Gremlins
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment "3")
 1981 The Howling
 1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School (uncredited)
 1978 Piranha
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Other Works:

DVD commentary, with Bill Warren and Bob Burns, for The War of the Worlds (1953). See more »

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

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Alternate Names:

Dante | Giuseppe Dantini

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the late Elisabeth Brooks] The Howling (1981) was her first major hit movie. Elisabeth brought to the role of Marsha Quist exactly what was needed. She was a beautiful and exotic woman and we will miss her. See more »

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He has directed Robert Picardo in ten films or television films: The Howling (1981), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), The 'Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Matinee (1993), The Second Civil War (1997), Small Soldiers (1998) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), He also directed Picardo in five television episodes: Amazing Stories: Boo! (1986), ... See more »

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Frequently casts William Schallert in supporting roles or cameos See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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Out of his league soquel_josh
Joe Dante is wonderful. DavidSim240183
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Must make something new soon... greghaus
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Dear Mr. Dante, please make another feature film. atrac
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