Joel Zwick

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Joel Zwick
Born (1942-01-11) January 11, 1942 (age 76)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film director, television director, theatre director
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Candice Zwick
Children Hillary

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


Born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, his father a Cantor from an orthodox background, and having his Bar Mitzva at an orthodox Synagogue, Zwick was educated at James Madison High School in 1958.[3] He went on to graduate from Brooklyn College where he currently teaches in the School of Film.[2] He directed twenty-one pilots, all of which went on to have successful runs as weekly television series.[4]

Zwick is married to Dr. Candice Zwick, a psychologist, spiritual therapist and film director, and he has a daughter named Hillary.

Despite a popular misconception, Joel Zwick is not related to fellow director Edward Zwick.




  • Dance with Me (musical), 1975
  • Esther (Promenade Theater)
  • George Gershwin, Alone (One Man Show), Helen Hayes Theater 2001
  • Back From Broadway, Benefit concert Lincoln Center, 2002


Charter member of "La MaMa, E.T.C." created and founded by Ellen Stewart

Acted in the original production of "MacBird"

Directed the following theater productions:

  • "Dance With Me" (Tony Nomination)
  • "Shenandoah" (Broadway national tour)
  • "Oklahoma" (National tour)
  • "Cold Storage" (American Place Theater)
  • "Esther" (Promenade Theater, NY)
  • "Merry-Go-Round" (Chicago and Las Vegas)
  • "Last Chance Saloon" (West End, London)
  • "Woycek" (West End, London)
  • "Carry A. Nation" (Triangle Theater)
  • "George Gershwin Alone" (One man show) (Los Angeles; Broadway; West End London; Ford Theater - Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; W. Palm Beach, FL; Old Globe - San Diego, CA; North Korea; etc.)
  • "Back From Broadway"
  • "Monsieur Chopin" (One man show)
  • "Beethoven, As I Knew Him" (One man show)
  • Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein (One man show)
  • "Jamaica Farewell" (One-woman show)
  • "Serrano"

Teaching credentials[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kehr, Dave (2002). "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b About Zwick in Jewish Journal article about a play he wrote
  3. ^ "THE WALL OF DISTINCTION". James Madison Alumni Association. Retrieved 28 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Joel Zwick at

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