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Also Known As: Phillip Joanou Died:
Born: November 20, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: La Canada, California, USA Profession: director, editor, camera operator

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Fresh out of USC's film school, this assured director of features and TV captured the attention of Steven Spielberg with his student film, "Last Chance Dance". Joanou made his commercial directing debut with "Santa '85" (NBC, 1985), an amusing episode of Spielberg's fantasy anthology series, "Amazing Stories", about St. Nick's unfortunate arrest for breaking and entering. Joanou was invited back to the series to direct John Lithgow's Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Doll" (NBC, 1986), a sentimental romantic fantasy. He segued to features with "Three O'Clock High" (1987), a likable teen comedy that was greatly abetted by Joanou's manic and inventive camera movements and staging. Shifting to the reality mode, Joanou crafted "U2 Rattle and Hum" (1988), a technically assured if uninspired record of the Irish rock group's 1987 "Joshua Tree" tour of the US.

Fresh out of USC's film school, this assured director of features and TV captured the attention of Steven Spielberg with his student film, "Last Chance Dance". Joanou made his commercial directing debut with "Santa '85" (NBC, 1985), an amusing episode of Spielberg's fantasy anthology series, "Amazing Stories", about St. Nick's unfortunate arrest for breaking and entering. Joanou was invited back to the series to direct John Lithgow's Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Doll" (NBC, 1986), a sentimental romantic fantasy. He segued to features with "Three O'Clock High" (1987), a likable teen comedy that was greatly abetted by Joanou's manic and inventive camera movements and staging. Shifting to the reality mode, Joanou crafted "U2 Rattle and Hum" (1988), a technically assured if uninspired record of the Irish rock group's 1987 "Joshua Tree" tour of the US.

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  Veil, The (2015)
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  Entropy (1999) Director
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  Heaven's Prisoners (1996) Director
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  Final Analysis (1992) Director
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  State Of Grace (1990) Director
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  U2 Rattle and Hum (1988) Director
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  Three O'Clock High (1987) Director
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  14 Up in America (1998) Director
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  U2: Year In Pop (1997) Segment Director ("Rattle And Hum")

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1984:
"Discovered" by Steven Spielberg who was impressed by his student film "Last Chance Dance" (date approximate)
1985:
TV directing debut, "Santa '85", an episode of NBC's "Amazing Stories" executive produced by Spielberg
1986:
Directed John Lithgow in an Emmy Award-winning performance in "The Doll", an episode of "Amazing Stories"
1987:
Feature directing debut, "Three O'Clock High", a teen comedy
1988:
Directed, edited, and served as a camera operator for the documentary, "U2 Rattle and Hum", a concert film
1990:
Made "State of Grace", a portrait of Irish-American gangsters in NYC's Hell's Kitchen
1992:
Helmed "Age Seven in America", a CBS documentary modeled on Michael Apted's acclaimed British series "Seven Up" wherein a group of subjects are interviewed and profiled every seven years
1993:
Directed the concluding segment of the cultish sci-fi miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC)
1993:
Helmed "Dead-End For Delia", a segment for the Showtime anthology series, "Fallen Angels"
1996:
Returned to features with "Heaven's Prisoners", a muddy thriller with Alec Baldwin as a New Orleans detective
1997:
Directed the 3-D segments of the season-ending episode of the hit NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun"
1999:
Wrote and directed the autobiographical film "Entropy" which detailed his spur-of-the-moment marriage
2006:
Directed "Gridiron Gang" a drama inspired by a 1993 documentary that follows a probation officer (The Rock) who forms a football team of juvenile inmates
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1984

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wife:
Kate Hyman. Record company executive. Married on March 19, 1992 at Graceland Chapel; met on March 18, 1992 backstage at a U2 concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey; married 22 hours later; born c. 1957.

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father:
Phillip Joanou.
mother:
Michelle Joanou.
sister:
Jennifer Joanou. Fashion designer. Married to screenwriter Scott Frank ("Plain Clothes", "Little Man Tate", "Dead Again"); co-owns design and clothing shop with her brother.

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