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Joel Zwick

Joel Zwick recently directed the Broadway production of George Gershwin Alone at the Helen Hayes Theatre, the Cuillo Center for the Arts (Palm Beach) and Tiffany Theatre (Los Angeles). He directed Elvis Has Left the Building starring Kim Basinger and John Corbett. He also directed the independent smash hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding produced by Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman.

Zwick began his theatrical career as the artistic director of LA MAMA, E.T.C., and has since directed shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and for Broadway touring companies. Zwick is recognized as Hollywood's most prolific director of episodic television, having helmed 525 shows, including 21 pilots that have gone on to become regular series. His television credits include Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Bosom Buddies, Webster, Perfect Strangers, Full House, Step By Step, Family Matters, Its a Living, Brothers, Wayans, Joanie Loves Chachie, Jamie Foxx, Kirk, The Parent 'Hood, Angie, On Our Own, Two of a Kind, Love Boat and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.

His theater credits include Dance with Me (Tony nomination), Shenandoah (Broadway national tour), Oklahoma (national tour) and Cold Storage (American Place Theatre).

Zwick acted in the original New York production of MacBird. He directed Esther (Promenade Theatre, NY), Merry-Go-Round (Chicago and Los Angeles), Last Chance Saloon and Woycek (West End, London).

Zwick has taught drama at Yale University, Brooklyn College, Queens College and Wheaton College. He is a graduate (B.A., M.A.) of Brooklyn College, and he teaches television directing at the University of Southern California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Joel Zwick Facts

BirthdayJanuary 11, 1942 (81)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Happy Days
Happy Days: Season 2
Fat Albert
Second Sight
Mork & Mindy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition
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