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Emile Ardolino (1943–1993)

Emile Ardolino was born on May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983). He died on November 20, 1993 in Bel Air, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Dirty Dancing Director
Sister Act Director


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 1993 Gypsy (TV Movie)
 1993 The Nutcracker (directed by)
 1992 Sister Act (directed by)
 1989 Chances Are
 1987/I Dirty Dancing (directed by)
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1984 Good Morning Mr. Orwell (TV Special short) (television director)
 1983 He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Documentary)
 1982/I A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie)
 1982 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Rumpelstiltskin (1982)
 1982 Alice at the Palace (TV Movie)
 1979 Baryshnikov at the White House (TV Movie)
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Show Show Actor (1 credit)
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Co-founder of Compton-Ardolino films in 1967. Best known for his dance documentaries, which helped to popularize dance in America from the mid-1970s. Had two big hits in Hollywood with Dirty Dancing (1987) and Sister Act (1992).

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