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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 (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World ... See full bio »

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Known For

Innerspace Director
(1987)
Gremlins Director
(1984)
The Howling Director
(1981)
Small Soldiers Director
(1998)

Filmography

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 2022 Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2022)
 2018 Nightmare Cinema (segment "Mirari")
 2011-2017 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- Ka 'Aelike (2017)
- Na Pilikua Nui (2015)
- Nanahu (2015)
- Ho'oma'ike (2014)
 2015-2016 Salem (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 2016 MacGyver (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Wire Cutter (2016)
 2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (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)
- If a Tree Falls.../The Occupant (2001) ... (segment "The Occupant")
- A View Through the Window/Quiet Please (2001) ... (segment "Quiet Please")
 1998 The Osiris Chronicles (TV Movie)
 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)
 1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch (directed by)
 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 (directed by)
 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 "The Shadow Man")
 1985 Explorers (directed by)
 1984 Gremlins (directed by)
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment "It's a Good Life")
 1981 The Howling
 1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School (uncredited)
 1978 Piranha
 1968 The Movie Orgy (Documentary)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Wrote introduction to "John Carradine: The Films" by Tom Weaver. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 32 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Dante | Giuseppe Dantini

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Parents:

Jane Dante | James Joseph Dante
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Personal Quote:

[in "Halliwell's Filmgoers and Video Viewers Companion", on producing movie trailers for Roger Corman] We did all kinds of things in trailers to help sell films. We had a famous exploding helicopter shot from one of those Filipino productions that we had cut in every time a trailer was too dull because that was always exciting. See more »

Trivia:

He has cast Dick Miller in every film that he has ever directed: Hollywood Boulevard (1976), Piranha (1978), Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), The Howling (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Gremlins (1984), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) (though Miller's scene was deleted), The 'Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Matinee (1993), The Second ... See more »

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Wildly animated characters and likable everyman protagonists. See more »

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