Dean Parisot

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A prolific television director who won an Oscar for his short film work and made the move to features in the late 1990s, Dean Parisot had early credits as a fine arts documentarian before making his dramatic directorial ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (26)

Justified 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Modern Family 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Good Wife 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Monk 2002, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Job 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

ATF 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director

77 Sunset Strip 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Galaxy Quest 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

L.A. Doctors 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Bakersfield P.D. 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Going to Extremes 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Likely Suspects 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Under Suspicion 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

The Conversation 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

The Last Seat 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Steven Wright: Wicker Chairs & Gravity 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Tom Goes to the Bar 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Framed (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Still Life 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Charlie Countryman 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A prolific television director who won an Oscar for his short film work and made the move to features in the late 1990s, Dean Parisot had early credits as a fine arts documentarian before making his dramatic directorial debut with the black & white short "Tom Goes to the Bar", which subsequently earned him the Berlin Festival's Golden Bear (in the shorts category) in 1986. He followed up quite auspiciously with "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings", a featurette starring comedian Steven Wright that earned the pair the 1988 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Live Action). Parisot also took home a CableACE Award for Best Directing after it aired on HBO in 1989 under the title "Steven Wright in the Appointments of Dennis Jennings". The helmer later reteamed with Wright on the exceptionally dry comedian's "HBO Comedy Hour" special "Wicker Chairs & Gravity" (1990). Parisot's fine arts background served him well that year when he made his feature screenwriting debut with the art world mystery "Still Life" and as director of the similarly themed HBO original "Framed".

EDUCATION

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

1999

Was executive producer and director of the ABC TV-movie "ATF"

1999

Directed the sci-fi comedy "Galaxy Quest"

1998

Made feature directorial debut with the comedy "Home Fries"

1998

Directed an episode of the CBS medical drama "L.A. Doctors"

1995

Directed an episode of the CBS police drama "Under Suspicion"

1995

Was the director of the small screen remake "The Conversation", a failed pilot aired as an NBC TV-movie

1995

Was the director of the "HBO Comedy Hour" presentation "Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side"

1995

Helmed episodes of the ABC series "The Marshal"

1995

Helmed an episode of the popular NBC medical drama "ER"

1994

Directed the comedy short "The Last Seat"

1993

Helmed an episode of ABC's "Going to Extremes"

1992

Directed an episode of the interactive mystery series "Likely Suspects" (Fox)

1992

Helmed episodes of "Northern Exposure" (CBS)

1991

Directed several episodes of the off-beat Fox sitcom "Get A Life"

1990

Directed "Framed", an HBO original about a painter seeking revenge after being framed for forgery

1990

Made screenwriting debut with the art world murder mystery feature "Still Life"

1990

Was a writer and segment director for the "HBO Comedy Hour" special "Steven Wright: Wicker Chairs & Gravity"

1989

HBO aired "Steven Wright in The Appointments of Dennis Jennings"

1988

Shared Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Live Action) with Steven Wright for "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings"

1986

Directed the black & white short "Tom Goes to the Bar", which won the Golden Bear for short film at the 1986 Berlin Film Festival

Produced and directed Fox's quirky police comedy "Bakersfield P.D."

Directed documentaries on fine arts for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC as well as other cultural institutions

Raised in Wilton, Connecticut

Bonus Trivia

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Dean Parisot on "Galaxy Quest": "We wanted to let audiences find the humor rather than bash them over the head with it."I've mostly [directed] people on Earth, so this was new to me." --quoted as part of Entertainment Weekly Online's Holiday Movie Preview, November 12, 1999

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