Ken Kwapis

Birthday: Aug 17, 1957
Birthplace: Not Available
Filmmaker Ken Kwapis has won many awards for his work on television and in feature films. Before launching his career, he studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and in the graduate program at U.S.C., where his diploma film was For Heaven's Sake!, a variation on Mozart's comic opera The Impressario. Though Kwapis based his play on the great composer's work, he penned his own libretto. The result earned the young helmer a Student Academy Award for Dramatic Achievement. Professionally, he started out in television, directing the films The Beniker Gang and Summer Switch (1983). He subsequently directed more movies and series, including the first two seasons of HBO's hit sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. He won Cable ACE nominations for the episodes "The Spiders" and "The Performance Artist." He made his feature film directorial debut with the cosmic comedy Vibes (1988), starring pop singer Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum. In 1996, Kwapis' comedy Dunston Checks In, the story of an orangutan who turns a posh hotel upside down, earned the Grand Prix du Jury and the Audience Award at that year's Cannes Junior Film Festival.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
46% A Walk In The Woods
  • Director
$19.2M 2015
75% Big Miracle
  • Director
$20.2M 2012
40% He's Just Not That Into You
  • Director
$93.9M 2009
7% License to Wed
  • Director
$43.9M 2007
77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Director
$43.6M 2005
No Score Yet Sexual Life
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Noah
  • Director
1998
15% The Beautician and the Beast
  • Director
1997
6% Dunston Checks In
  • Director
1996
33% He Said, She Said
  • Director
1991
6% Vibes
  • Director
1988
91% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet The Beniker Gang
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet Summer Switch
  • Director
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
81% Santa Clarita Diet
2017-2018
  • Director
  • 2017
31% Happyish
2015
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
89% The Office
2005-2013
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
20% Outsourced
2010-2011
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Watching Ellie
2002-2003
  • Co-producer
  • Director
  • 2002
No Score Yet Grounded for Life
2001-2005
  • Director
  • 2001
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Director
  • 2000
  • 1999
100% Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Director
  • 2000
  • 1999
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Eerie, Indiana
1991-1992
  • Director
  • 1992

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