|Born||May 9, 1943|
Queens, New York City, U.S.
|Died||November 20, 1993 (aged 50)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||St. John Cemetery (Queens), New York, U.S.|
|Occupation||Film director, choreographer|
Life and career
He began his career as an actor in off-Broadway productions, but soon moved to the production side of the business. In 1967, he founded Compton-Ardolino Films with Gardner Compton. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ardolino worked for PBS. His profiles of dancers and choreographers for their Dance in America and Live from Lincoln Center series earned him 17 Emmy Award nominations. He won the Emmy three times.
Ardolino won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the 1983 movie He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'. He found commercial success with the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing, and went on to make several other mainstream films.
Ardolino died in California on November 20, 1993, of complications from AIDS. His last films, The Nutcracker (based on George Balanchine's New York City Ballet version), and the television production of Gypsy starring Bette Midler in the role created on Broadway by Ethel Merman, were released and shown posthumously. Ardolino is buried beside his parents at St. John Cemetery in New York.
Ardolino was openly gay.
- 1969 Obie Award, for film for the Broadway production of Oh! Calcutta!
- 17 Emmy Awards Nomination and 1 winning
- 1983 Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'
- A Midsummer Nights Dream (TV movie) (1982)
- He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983)
- Good Morning, Mr. Orwell with Nam June Paik, (1984)
- Dirty Dancing (1987)
- Chances Are (1989)
- Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
- Sister Act (1992)
- The Nutcracker (1993)
- Gypsy (1993) (TV movie)
- "Emile Ardolino, Director, Is Dead; Specialist in Dance Films Was 50". The New York Times. November 22, 1993. p. B12.