Dean Parisot

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Dean Parisot
Born Wilton, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation American film and television director
Spouse(s) Sally Menke (1986–2010; her death; 2 children)

Aldo L. "Dean" Parisot is an Oscar-winning American film and television director. He won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which was co-written and starred comedian Steven Wright, with whom he shares the award. Among his television credits are episodes of Monk (including the two-hour pilot "Mr. Monk and the Candidate"), Northern Exposure and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Parisot was born in Wilton, Connecticut, to Ellen James (née Lewis), a painter and art teacher, and Aldo Parisot, a Brazilian-born, well-known cellist and pedagogue.[1] He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He took part in the Sundance Institute's June Lab.

As of 2012, he was scheduled to direct the third installment of the Bill and Ted franchise.[2]

Dean Parisot was married to film editor Sally Menke until her death in 2010; the couple had two children.[3][4]



  1. ^ "Cello Teacher With a License to Dazzle". The New York Times. April 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Brodesser, Claude. "Bill & Ted May Ride Again for a Third Film". Vulture. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wedding announcement in ''New York Times''". The New York Times. August 10, 1986. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ELLEN LEWIS BETROTHED; Yale Fine Arts Student to Be Bride of Aldo Parisott". The New York Times. June 10, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 

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