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Also Known As: Joseph Shelton Camp Jr. Died:
Born: April 20, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, real estate broker, advertising executive

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Midwestern-born Joe Camp worked as an advertising account executive before making numerous local TV commercials in the Dallas, Texas, area in the early 1970s. In 1974, he segued to the big screen with the independently distributed "Benji", an adventure yarn starring a lovable dog who thwarts a kidnapping. The film's surprise success (it grossed over five times its budget of $500,000) led to a series of film and TV sequels, including "For the Love of Benji" (1977) and "Benji the Hunted" (1987). In between, Camp wrote, produced and directed "Hawmps!" (1976), a based-on-fact comedy about camels trained by the US Army in Texas, and the family thriller "The Double McGuffin" (1979).

Midwestern-born Joe Camp worked as an advertising account executive before making numerous local TV commercials in the Dallas, Texas, area in the early 1970s. In 1974, he segued to the big screen with the independently distributed "Benji", an adventure yarn starring a lovable dog who thwarts a kidnapping. The film's surprise success (it grossed over five times its budget of $500,000) led to a series of film and TV sequels, including "For the Love of Benji" (1977) and "Benji the Hunted" (1987). In between, Camp wrote, produced and directed "Hawmps!" (1976), a based-on-fact comedy about camels trained by the US Army in Texas, and the family thriller "The Double McGuffin" (1979).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Benji Off the Leash! (2004) Director
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  Benji The Hunted (1987) Director
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  Oh, Heavenly Dog! (1980) Director
4.
  Double Mcguffin, The (1979) Director
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  For The Love Of Benji (1977) Director
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  Hawmps (1976) Director
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  Benji (1974) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Benji The Hunted (1987) Tv Director'S Voice
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1961:
Worked as a junior advertising account executive at McCann-Erickson in Houston, Texas
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Owned and operated Joe Camp Real Estate in Houston
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Hired as an account executive at Norsworthy-Mercer in Dallas
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Employed as a director of TV commericals at Jamieson Film Company in Dallas
1971:
Formed Mulberrry Square Productions
1974:
Film directing, writing and producing debut, "Benji"
1977:
Executive produced, wrote and directed the sequel "For the Love of Benji"
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Directed the CBS children's series "Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince"
1987:
Directed last film for 15 years, "Benji the Hunted"
2002:
Returned to movie making at helm of "Benji Returns - The Promise of Christmas"
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Education

University of Mississippi: University , Mississippi - 1961

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wife:
Andrea Carolyn Camp. Married from August 7, 1960 until her death on December 18, 1997 at age 58.

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father:
Joseph Shelton Camp.
mother:
Ruth Wilhelmina Camp.
son:
Joseph Shelton Camp III. Director, production manager. Born c. 1961; lives with costume desinger Bridget Kelly and their son.
son:
Brandon Andrew Camp. Director, screenwriter. Born c. 1971.
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