Joel Zwick biography
Date of Birth: January 11, 1942
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Zwick started entertaining back in his high school
days when he and three classmates sang in a quartet. He attended Brooklyn
College where he acquired a Master of Arts degree.
He began his career on
stage acting in the off-Broadway political satire, MacBird, in 1967. For
the next seven years, Zwick worked as the artistic director for La Mama; he
also spent time as an instructor at the Yale School of Drama.
Zwick began directing the national tour and Kennedy Center production of
the award-winning Shenandoah, and the off-Broadway staging of Cold
Storage before moving to Los Angeles to work in television.
In 1974, he began his long trek through the television world.
classic shows like Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, Zwick
made his mark on more than 20 television series.
They ranged from Bosom
Buddies and Perfect Strangers to Full House, Step by Step and The Love Boat: The Next Wave.
Although he had worked on a number of telefilms, Zwick didn't set foot into
the world of feature films until the late '80s when he released his first
movie, Second Sight (1989). The comedy, about a detective who uses the help
of a bizarre psychic to solve a case, was panned by critics and received
mixed reactions from viewers.
Returning to the industry he knew best, Zwick didn't venture back to film
for at least a decade.
When he did, however, he found a more appreciative
audience for the comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).
Fat Albert (2004)
Elvis Has Left the Building (2004)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Second Sight (1989)
Joel Zwick Filmography