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Dennis Dugan

Dennis Dugan is a talented filmmaker whose diverse career in entertainment spans over two decades. Dugan is considered one of the industry's top feature film comedy directors, earning his reputation with such hits as Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore, both of which starred Adam Sandler; Saving Silverman, starring Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet; and Beverly Hills Ninja, starring Chris Farley. Most recently he directed The Benchwarmers, starring Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder and Jon Lovitz. He also directed National Security, starring Martin Lawrence.

On the small screen, Dugan has directed dozens of television projects including NYPD Blue, Moonlighting and Ally McBeal, as well as the telepics Columbo: Butterfly Shades of Gray and The Shaggy Dog.

Dugan is an actor-turned-filmmaker who began his career in the New York theater scene and first made his mark in Hollywood in front of the camera. He starred in his own NBC television series, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, and also guest-starred on

such award-winning television programs as M*A*S*H, Columbo, The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues and Moonlighting.

In addition to small, yet memorable, acting roles in his own films, the most recent being Coach Bellows in The Benchwarmers, Dugan's feature-film credits include roles in Parenthood, She's Having a Baby, Can't Buy Me Love and The Howling.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Dennis Dugan Facts

BirthdaySeptember 5, 1946 (77)
BirthplaceWheaton, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

You Don't Mess With The Zohan
Just Go With It
Grown Ups
Grown Ups 2
Happy Gilmore
Problem Child
Beverly Hills Ninja
Jack and Jill
Big Daddy
You Don't Mess With The Zohan Unrated
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