J. Miles Dale

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J. Miles Dale
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationProducer, director
Years active1985–present
Parent(s)Jimmy Dale (father)

J. Miles Dale (born 1961)[1] is a Canadian producer and director of film and television,[2] best known for producing the critically acclaimed film, The Shape of Water, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards.[3][4] He is a regular collaborator of director Guillermo del Toro.

Early life[edit]

Dale was born in Toronto, Ontario, to British-born Canadian jazz musician Jimmy Dale.[5][6] Dale attended Bayview Glen School from 1965 to 1968. In 1968, his father moved the family to Hollywood where he worked as a music director for The Smothers Brothers Show, The Andy Williams Show and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The family returned to Toronto in the mid-1970s, and Miles graduated from Jarvis Collegiate Institute. He attended the University of Toronto for a year and later transferred to the University of British Columbia before dropping out to join the film industry.[5][1]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Pro. Dir. Director Notes
2001 Harvard Man Yes James Toback
2002 The Skulls II Yes Joe Chappelle
2003 Blizzard Yes LeVar Burton
2004 The Skulls III Yes Yes N/A Also director
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Yes Danny Leiner
2006 Hollywoodland Yes Yes Allen Coulter Also second unit director
2007 Talk to Me Yes Yes Kasi Lemmons
2008 Pontypool Yes Bruce McDonald
2008 Flash of Genius Yes Yes Marc Abraham Also second unit director
2009 Love Happens Yes Yes Brandon Camp
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Yes Edgar Wright
2011 The Thing Yes Yes Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Also second unit director
2012 The Vow Yes Michael Sucsy
2013 Mama Yes Andy Muschietti
2013 Carrie Yes Kimberly Peirce
2014 Endless Love Yes Shana Feste
2017 The Shape of Water Yes Guillermo del Toro Academy Award for Best Picture
PGA Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Film
Nominated - Gold Derby Award for Best Motion Picture
Nominated - IFTA Award for Best International Film
2019 Antlers Yes Scott Cooper In post-production


Year Title Pro. Dir. Notes
1985 Comedy Factory Yes 7 episodes
1986 True Confessions Yes 6 episodes
1987–1990 Friday the 13th: The Series Yes 71 episodes
1990 Top Cops Yes Yes 2 episodes
1994 RoboCop: The Series Yes Yes 23 episodes
1996-98 F/X: The Series Yes Yes 10 episodes
2000 Earth: Final Conflict Yes 1 episode
2001-04 Doc Yes 5 episodes
2002-03 Andromeda Yes 2 episodes
2002-04 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Yes 4 episodes
2007 'Til Death Do Us Part Yes 2 episodes
2016 Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments Yes Yes 9 episodes
2014-17 The Strain Yes Yes 35 episodes


  1. ^ a b Mar 05, Victoria Ahearn · The Canadian Press · Posted:; March 5, 2018 9:50 AM ET | Last Updated:; 2018. "Toronto producer J. Miles Dale on his Oscar win — and spoiled speech | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  2. ^ Registration, PBNY (2017-09-28). "J. Miles Dale". Produced By: New York 2017. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  3. ^ "Oscars 2018: The list of nominees in full". BBC News. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Laws, Zach (2018-02-12). "J. Miles Dale ('The Shape of Water' producer): The 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' finally gets the girl [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]". GoldDerby. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  5. ^ a b "J. Miles Dale '68". Bayview Glen Independent School. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Meet the Toronto producer behind 'The Shape of Water'". The National Post. January 22, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.

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