Joe Napolitano

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Joe Napolitano
Joe Napolitano Quantum Leap.jpg
Napolitano directing an episode of Quantum Leap in 1991
Born Joseph Ralph Napolitano
Other names J. R. Napolitano
Citizenship American
Occupation Film director
Television director
Years active 1974–present

Joseph Ralph Napolitano is an American film and television director who has worked in the film and television industries since the mid-1970s directing both TV films and multiple episodic series.


Napolitano's television credits include directing 12 episodes of Quantum Leap, 2 episodes of The X-Files, 2 episodes of Picket Fences, 3 episodes of The Pretenders, 2 episodes of L.A. Doctors, 2 episodes of Dawson's Creek, 4 episodes of Boston Public, and 14 episodes of Strong Medicine, as well as the 1991 film Earth Angel, and the 1997 film Virus.[1][2][3][4] The film Contagious earned an American Latino Media Arts Award for actress Elizabeth Peña for 'Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series'.[5]

In the 1980s, Napolitano's work included acting as assistant director on feature film projects, working on films with directors Brian Hutton, Danny DeVito, Stuart Rosenberg, Donald P. Bellisario, Ron Howard, Howard Zieff, Terry Gilliam, Antoine Fuqua, and on multiple projects directed by Brian De Palma.[2]


As director[3]


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As first assistant director[4]



  1. ^ Jerry Roberts (2009). "Joe Napolitano". Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, Volume 1. Scarecrow Press. p. 411. ISBN 0-8108-6138-0. 
  2. ^ a b InBaseline. "Joe Napolitano filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Joe Napolitano credits". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Joe Napolitano (II)". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Pena: 1998 - ALMA Award - Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for Contagious". OneIndia. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Movies:The Fisher King (1991)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 

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