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Joe Dante

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.


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Born:
Nov 28, 1946 In Morristown, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
84
First Appeared:
In the series Great Performances 1971-01-28
Latest Project:
Movie In Search of Tomorrow 2021-04-01
Known For
Poster of Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf
Poster of Beverly Hills Cop III
Poster of Oscar
Poster of Piranha
Filmography
Movie In Search of Tomorrow Self - Interviewee 2021-04-01
Movie Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness Host 2020-04-21
Movie Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi Host 2020-05-19
Movie Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 3: Comedy and Camp Self 2020-06-23
Movie Tales of the Uncanny Unknown 2020-10-31
Movie In Search of Darkness: Part II Himself 2020-10-06
Movie Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies Self 2020-08-18
Movie In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror Himself 2019-05-01
Movie Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film Himself 2019-01-30
Movie Love, Antosha Himself 2019-08-02
Movie Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters Unknown 2019-09-14
Movie Class of '79: 40 Years of Rock 'N' Roll High School Unknown 2019-11-19
Movie Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf Unknown 2019-10-28
Movie King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen Himself 2018-07-07
Movie Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros. Years Himself 2018-02-13
Series Eli Roth's History of Horror Self 2018-10-14
Movie Sad Hill Unearthed Self 2017-10-31
Movie Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy Himself 2016-01-01
Movie Long Live the King himself 2016-10-01
Movie Tales of Halloween Prof. Milo Gottlieb 2015-10-16
Movie Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex Himself 2015-11-18
Series The Real History of Science Fiction Himself 2014-04-19
Movie That Guy Dick Miller Himself 2014-03-07
Movie 42nd Street Memories: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Street Himself 2014-01-01
Movie Clawing! A Journey Through Spanish Horror Himself - Director 2014-06-20
Movie Out of Print Himself 2014-08-23
Movie From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures Self 2014-09-30
Movie There Goes the Neighbourhood: The Making of The 'Burbs Himself 2014-09-15
Movie Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins Self 2014-09-30
Movie A Fuller Life Self - Reader (segment "Sicily Black and Blue") 2013-08-28
Movie House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before! Himself 2013-10-01
Movie To Be... A Film Favorite Unknown 2012-01-01
Movie ‘The Birds’: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie Himself 2012-01-01
Movie The Butterfly Room Cab Driver 2012-08-04
Movie Trailer War Himself 2012-11-17
Movie Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Himself 2011-11-27
Movie American Grindhouse Himself 2011-02-04
Movie A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! Unknown 2011-12-06
Movie Corman's World Himself - Filmmaker 2011-12-16
Movie The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry Himself 2010-10-07
Movie Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr. Himself 2010-02-02
Movie Machete Maidens Unleashed! Himself 2010-10-15
Movie Fulci in the House: The Italian Master of Splatter Himself 2009-06-01
Movie Monsterland Himself 2009-03-29
Movie Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Himself 2009-08-06
Movie Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX Himself 2008-10-07
Movie The Hatching of Spider Baby Himself 2007-01-01
Movie Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman Himself 2007-05-16
Movie Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story Himself 2007-11-08
Movie The Decade of Darkness Himself 2007-09-11
Movie Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein Himself 2007-10-17
Movie Hitchcocked! Himself 2006-08-11
Movie Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet Self 2006-11-14
Movie Robby the Robot: Engineering a Sci-Fi Icon Himself 2006-11-14
Movie RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World' Himself 2005-10-22
Movie Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy Unknown 2005-10-04
Movie Behind the Tunes: Tish Tash - The Animated World of Frank Tashlin Unknown 2005-10-25
Movie The Perfect Scary Movie Himself 2005-10-29
Movie Welcome to Werewolfland Unknown 2004-03-23
Movie Mario Bava: Operazione paura Himself 2004-04-30
Series 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself 2004-10-27
Movie Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Self 2004-09-04
Movie Unleashing the Beast: Making ‘The Howling’ Unknown 2003-01-01
Movie It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures Himself 2001-05-01
Movie Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens – A Life in Animation Himself 2000-11-08
Movie She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein Himself 1999-01-01
Movie Hollywood Rated 'R' himself 1997-06-19
Movie A Century of Cinema 1994-01-01
Movie The Silence of the Hams Dying Man 1994-03-11
Movie Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror Himself 1994-08-06
Movie Beverly Hills Cop III Jailer 1994-05-24
Movie Sleepwalkers Lab Assistant 1992-04-10
Movie Oscar Face on the Cutting Room Floor 1991-04-26
Series Eerie, Indiana Director / Himself 1991-09-15
Movie The Horror Hall of Fame Himself 1990-09-30
Movie The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal Himself 1985-01-01
Movie Eating Raoul Busboy (uncredited) 1982-03-24
Movie Rock 'n' Roll High School Riot Cop with sunglasses (uncredited) 1979-08-24
Movie Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Himself 1978-04-06
Movie Piranha Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited) 1978-08-03
Movie Cannonball Kid 1976-07-06
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Party Waiter 1976-04-25
Series Great Performances self 1971-01-28