Joel Zwick
Joel Zwick
Biographical Information
Gender: Male
Date of birth: January 11, 1942
Age: 71
Nationality: American
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Occupation(s): Director
Years active: 1977-present
Director: Wild It Up
Match It Up
Show It Up
Sweat It Up
Charlie Shakes It Up
Shrink It Up
Three's a Crowd It Up
Shake It Up, Up & Away
Beam It Up
Doctor It Up
Review It Up
Double Pegasus It Up
Auction It Up
Camp It Up
Apply It Up
Split It Up
Copy Kat It Up
Egg It Up
Parent Trap It Up
Whodunit Up?
Tunnel It Up
Protest It Up
Boot It Up
Embarrass It Up
Made in Japan
Fire It Up
Spirit It Up
Lock It Up

Joel Zwick (born January 11, 1942) is an American film, television and theatre director. He is best known for his work on Perfect Strangers, Full House, and Family Matters, as well as directing the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Second Sight and Fat Albert.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was educated at Brooklyn College. He directed twenty-one pilots, all of which went on to have successful runs as weekly series.



  • Bustin' Loose (1977)
  • Insight (1978)
  • Mork & Mindy (1978)
  • Makin' It (1979)
  • Goodtime Girls (1980)
  • Laverne & Shirley (1978–1980)
  • It's a Living (1980–1981)
  • Bosom Buddies (1980–1982)
  • Joanie Loves Chachi (1982)
  • The New Odd Couple (1982)
  • Brothers (1984–1985)
  • Webster (1983–1986)
  • Perfect Strangers (1986–1992)
  • On Our Own (1994)
  • The Wayans Bros. (1995)
  • Full House (1987–1995)
  • Kirk (1995)
  • The Parent 'Hood (1995)
  • Step by Step (1992–1996)
  • Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992–1997)
  • Meego (1997)
  • Family Matters (1989–1998)
  • The Jamie Foxx Show (1998)
  • The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1999)
  • Two of a Kind (1999)
  • Two and a Half Men (2008)
  • The Suite Life on Deck (2010–2011)
  • Pair of Kings (2010-2011)
  • Good Luck Charlie (2010–2011)
  • Shake It Up (2010–2011)
  • I'm in the Band (2010–2011)


  • Second Sight (1988)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
  • Elvis Has Left the Building (2004)
  • Fat Albert (2004)


  • Dance with Me (musical), 1975
  • Esther (Promenade Theater)
  • George Gershwin, Alone (One Man Show), Helen Hayes Theater 2001
  • Back From Broadway, Benefit concert Lincoln Center, 2002


  • Charter member of "La MaMa, E.T.C." created and founded by Ellen Stewart
  • Acted in the original production of "MacBird"

Directed the following theater productions:

  • "Dance With Me" (Tony Nomination)
  • "Shenandoah" (Broadway national tour)
  • "Oklahoma" (National tour)
  • "Cold Storage" (American Place Theater)
  • "Esther" (Promenade Theater, NY)
  • "Merry-Go-Round" (Chicago and Las Vegas)
  • "Last Chance Saloon" (West End, London)
  • "Woycek" (West End, London)
  • "Carry A. Nation" (Triangle Theater)
  • "George Gershwin Alone" (One man show) (Los Angeles; Broadway; West End London; Ford Theater - Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; W. Palm Beach, FL; Old Globe - San Diego, CA; North Korea; etc.)
  • "Back From Broadway"
  • "Monsieur Chopin" (One man show)
  • "Beethoven, As I Knew Him" (One man show)
  • Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein (One man show)

Teaching credentials

  • Yale University
  • Brooklyn College
  • Queens College, City University of New York
  • Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
  • University of Southern California
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