Dennis Dugan

Actor, Director
Born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, Dennis Dugan began acting in high school and, after graduating from Chicago's Goodman Theater School in 1969, relocated to NYC where he appeared off-Broadway in productions of "A ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1946 in Wheaton, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Larry (Actor)

That's My Boy 2012 (Movie)

School Janitor (Actor)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

Al Pacino's Standby (Actor)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Referee (Actor)

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

Homeless Guy (Actor)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

Cab Driver (Actor)

Reel Comedy: The Benchwarmers 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Benchwarmers 2006 (Movie)

Coach Bellows (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Saving Silverman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Big Daddy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

Doug Thompson (Actor)

L.A. Law 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Problem Child 1990 (Movie)

All American Dad (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

David Brodsky (Actor)

Channel 99 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

She's Having A Baby 1988 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking 1988 (Movie)

Mr Settigren (Actor)

Water 1986 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Empire 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Full House 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Leadfoot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Did You Hear About Josh and Kelly?! 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unidentified Flying Oddball 1979 (Movie)

Tom Trimble (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Father O Father 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Night Moves 1975 (Movie)

Young Man (Actor)

Norman... Is That You? 1975 (Movie)

Garson Hobart (Actor)

The Girl Who Couldn't Lose 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Race 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Most Likely To... 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Call Nurses 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Country Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Karroll's Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Last of the Good Guys (TV Show)

Actor

Making a Living (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Chasers (TV Show)

Actor
Director (29)

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Just Go With It 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Benchwarmers 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Hope & Faith 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Method & Red 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

National Security 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Ally McBeal 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Burke's Law 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Chicago Hope 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Picket Fences 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Shasta Mcnasty 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

The Byrds of Paradise 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Traps 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Beverly Hills Ninja 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Happy Gilmore 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shaggy Dog 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Civil Wars 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Problem Child 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

That's My Boy 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, Dennis Dugan began acting in high school and, after graduating from Chicago's Goodman Theater School in 1969, relocated to NYC where he appeared off-Broadway in productions of "A Man's Man" and "The House of Blue Leaves. " Moving to Hollywood in 1973, he worked in episodics, as well as TV-movies like "Death Race" and "The Girl Most Likely To . . ." (both ABC, 1973), before making an auspicious feature debut with an excellent comic performance in Jonathan Kaplan's light-hearted, drive-in sex comedy "Night Call Nurses" (1974), followed by appearances in "The Day of the Locust," "Night Moves" and "Smile" the following year. Dugan raised his profile significantly in 1976, first portraying Nick Nolte's best friend in the most-watched miniseries of its time, "Rich Man, Poor Man" (ABC), and later creating the title character of "Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours," an NBC TV-movie that also marked important career connections with executive producers Stephen J Cannell and Steven Bochco. He later reprised that role on episodes of NBC's "The Rockford Files" and in the short-lived 1978 spin-off series "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye."

Relationships

Kelly Dugan

Son

Sharon O'Connor

Wife
Second wife

Joyce Patten

Wife
Member of the original cast of the daytime drama "As the World Turns" (CBS) divorced

EDUCATION

Wheaton Central High School

Wheaton, Illinois 1963

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois 1969
Attended DePaul's theatre school, The Goodman School of Drama

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

Milestones

2013

Helmed "Grown Ups 2"

2011

Helmed the romantic comedy "Just Go with It," starring Sandler and Jennifer Aniston

2011

Directed seventh Sandler feature, "Jack and Jill"; also played Al Pacino's standby in the film

2010

Directed and made a cameo as a referee in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Sandler, James, Chris Rock, Spade, and Schneider

2008

Once again directed Adam Sandler in the comedy "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"

2007

Directed Adam Sandler and Kevin James in the gay themed comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry"

2006

Directed the comedy "The Benchwarmers" with Rob Schneider and David Spade

2003

Directed Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn in the action-comedy "National Security"

2001

Helmed the big screen comedy "Saving Silverman"

1999

Reteamed with Sandler as director of the big screen comedy "Big Daddy"

1997

Helmed the less successful Chris Farley vehicle "Beverly Hills Ninja"

1996

Scored major box-office triumph at the helm of "Happy Gilmore" starring Adam Sandler; also acted

1995

Directed the pilot for the UPN adventure series "Marker"

1994

TV-movie directing debut, "Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey" (ABC)

1993

Directed episodes of ABC's "NYPD Blue"

1992

Directed "Brain Donors," a take-off on the Marx Brothers' "A Night at the Opera"

1990

Feature directorial debut, "Problem Child"; also played a small role

1989

Portrayed David Brodkey in "Parenthood"

1988

Acted in John Hughes' "She's Having a Baby"

1988

Had recurring role as Cybill Shepherd's husband on ABC's "Moonlighting"; also directed several episodes

1987

Made TV directing debut with two episodes of NBC's "Hunter"

1985

Played regular role of Edgar 'Benny' Benedek on the ABC series "Shadow Chasers"

1984

Returned as a series regular on CBS's "Empire" playing Ben Christian

1982

Played recurring role of Captain Freedom on NBC's "Hill Street Blues"

1981

Had prominent part in Joe Dante's hip "The Howling"

1979

Again played Brockelman in "The Return of Richie Brockelman" episode of NBC's "The Rockford Files"

1978

Debut as series regular, playing the title role in "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" (NBC)

1977

Reprised the character of Richie Brockelman for "The House on Willis Avenue" episode of NBC's "The Rockford Files"

1976

First appeared in the role of Richie Brockelman for the NBC movie "Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours"

1976

Played Nick Nolte's best friend in the ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"

1974

Feature debut, "Night Call Nurses"

1973

Episodic TV debut, "Love American Style" (ABC)

1973

Acted in the ABC TV-movie, the camp classic "The Girl Most Likely to..."

Acted in the off-Broadway production "A Man's Man"

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