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Joe Napolitano

Highest Rated: 84% The Fisher King (1991)

Lowest Rated: 82% The Untouchables (1987)

Birthday: Nov 22, 1948

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

One of the best jobs in Hollywood is that of a successful TV director. All it takes is a clear understanding that TV is essentially a writer's medium and that the job of a TV director is to make sure the actors hit their marks. Joe Napolitano has understood this well, working steadily as a TV director since the early 1990s. His forte is one-hour dramas. Over the years, the series for which Napolitano has directed multiple episodes include the David E. Kelley drama series "Boston Public," the medical drama "Strong Medicine," and the sci-fi series "Quantum Leap." Another critical element of a successful TV director career is an understanding that in between the repeated and more lucrative gigs, it pays to take whatever work is available. As such, Napolitano's resume is also chock full of single episode assignments, from the quirky drama "Northern Exposure," the legal drama s"The Practice," and the legal comedy "Ally McBeal." Separately, Napolitano has worked extensively in features as a First Assistant Director, most notably for Brian De Palma. Their collaborations have included the thriller "Blow Out," the cult crime drama "Scarface," the period crime drama "The Untouchables." He has also directed a pair of feature films, the 1991 comedy "Earth Angel" and the 1997 thriller "Contagious."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Catch Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 67% Contagious Director - 1997
84% 86% The Fisher King First Assistant Director $39.4M 1991
No Score Yet 58% Earth Angel Director - 1991
82% 89% The Untouchables First Assistant Director $74.5M 1987

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cashmere Mafia Director 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Director 2003
50% 48% Birds of Prey Director 2003
No Score Yet 84% Dawson's Creek Director 2000 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martial Law Director 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Director 1999
30% No Score Yet Mercy Point Director 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Director 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Viper Director 1996
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Director 1996
75% 85% The X-Files Director 1993-1994
No Score Yet 97% Quantum Leap Director 1990-1992

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