Joe Dante

Joe Dante

  • Born on
    • November 28th, 1946
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.


Acting (13 Credits)

2020Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi as HostWatch Free
2020Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness as HostWatch Free
2015Tales of Halloween as Prof. Milo GottliebWatch Free
2012The Butterfly Room as Cab Driver
1994The Silence of the Hams as Dying Man
1994Beverly Hills Cop III as Jailer
1992Sleepwalkers as Lab Assistant
1991Oscar as Face on the Cutting Room Floor
1982Eating Raoul as Busboy (uncredited)
1979Rock 'n' Roll High School as Riot Cop with sunglasses (uncredited)
1978Piranha as Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited)
1976Hollywood Boulevard as Party Waiter
1976Cannonball! as Kid


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