Joel Zwick

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Joel Zwick
Born (1942-01-11) January 11, 1942 (age 76)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationFilm director, television director, theatre director
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Candice Zwick
ChildrenHillary

Joel Zwick (born January 11, 1942) is an American film director, television director, and theater director.[1] He worked on the television series Perfect Strangers, Full House, and Family Matters, and directed the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Second Sight, and Fat Albert.[2]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family. His father was a cantor from an Orthodox background, and Zwick had his bar mitzvah at an Orthodox synagogue. He graduated from James Madison High School in 1958.[3] He then went to Brooklyn College, where he currently teaches in the School of Film.[1]

Zwick has directed twenty-one television pilots, all of which have continued on to successful runs as weekly series.[4]

He is married to Dr. Candice Zwick, a psychologist, spiritual therapist, and film director. They have one daughter, named Hillary. Despite a popular misconception, he is not related to fellow filmmaker Edward Zwick.

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Broadway[edit]

Theater[edit]

Zwick was active in the Off-Off-Broadway movement at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, which was founded by Ellen Stewart in 1961. He worked with the La MaMa Plexus company at the East Village theater and on tour both domestically[5] and internationally.[6] He performed with La MaMa Plexus in Jan Quackenbush's Inside Out in 1968.[7] He also directed the following productions at La MaMa:

  • The Last Chance Saloon (1969)[8]
  • Woyzeck (1969)[9]
  • Spring-Voices (1969)[10]
  • Dance Wi Me (1971)[11]
  • The Myths of America Smith or Pappy Crumb's Treefrog Beer (1973)[12]
  • The Last Chance Saloon (1973)[13]
  • Calm Down Mother and The Gloaming, Oh My Darling (1974)[14]
  • Dance Wi' Me (1974)[15]
  • The Myths of America Smith and His Son (1975)[16]
  • Dance With Me (1975)[17]

He was stage manager for the original 1967 production of MacBird!, and has directed the following theater productions:

Teaching[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mann, Iris (June 1, 2016). "'Hillary and Monica': An Unlikely Meeting". Jewish Journal.
  2. ^ Kehr, Dave (April 19, 2002). "FILM IN REVIEW: My Big Fat Greek Wedding". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "THE WALL OF DISTINCTION". James Madison Alumni Association. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Joel Zwick - Filmbug". www.filmbug.com. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Tour: La MaMa Plexus at Dartmouth (1969)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  6. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Tour: La MaMa Plexus European Tour (1969)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  7. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: La MaMa Plexus Workshop Presents The Cylinder, Complexions, and Inside Out (1968)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  8. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Last Chance Saloon, The (1969a)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  9. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Woyzeck (1969)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  10. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Spring-Voices (1969)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: La MaMa Plexus in Dance Wi Me (or The Fatal Twitch) (1971)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  12. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Myths of America Smith or Pappy Crumb's Treefrog Beer, The (1973)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  13. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: The Last Chance Saloon (1973)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  14. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Calm Down Mother and The Gloaming, Oh My Darling (1974)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  15. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Dance Wi' Me (1974)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  16. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Myths of America Smith and His Son, The (1975)". Accessed July 10, 2018.
  17. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Dance With Me (1975)". Accessed July 10, 2018.

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