Emile Ardolino

Director, TV producer, Actor
Emmy-winning TV producer-director and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker (for his profile on ballet dancer-teacher Jacques d'Amboise, "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'" 1983). After a distinguished career in television as ... Read more »
Born: 05/09/1943 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (15)

Who's Dancing Now? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Segment Director

A Renaissance Revisited 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

3 Men and a Little Lady 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

In Memory of... A Ballet By Jerome Robbins 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

San Francisco Ballet in Cinderella 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Most Happy Fella 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Coppelia 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Gypsy (TV Show)

Director
Producer (15)

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clytemnestra 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

American Ballet Theatre 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Choreography By Balanchine, Part I 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Choreography by Balanchine, Part II 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Paul Taylor Dance Company 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

San Francisco Ballet 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

American Ballet Theatre 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Dance Theatre of Harlem 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Merce Cunningham Dance Company 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Pilobolus Dance Theatre 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Trailblazers of Modern Dance 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

City Center Joffrey Ballet 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Martha Graham Dance Company 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

The Pennsylvania Ballet 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

Dirty Dancing 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Biography

Emmy-winning TV producer-director and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker (for his profile on ballet dancer-teacher Jacques d'Amboise, "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'" 1983). After a distinguished career in television as director and producer of PBS' "Dance in America" and "Live From Lincoln Center" cultural series and as director of Joseph Papp productions for TV, Ardolino scored a huge hit with his first fiction feature, the dance-driven teen romance, "Dirty Dancing" (1987). After this sweaty charmer, Ardolino helmed the lackadaisically fantastic "Chances Are" (1988) and the happy-face sequel "Three Men and A Little Lady" (1990). He did even better in the box-office stakes with the surprise hit "Sister Act" (1992) which starred Whoopi Goldberg as woman on the lam posing as a singing nun. This assured goofy comedy of transformation grossed $200 million. His last feature was a return to his preoccupation, dance on film: "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" (1993) starring Macaulay Culkin. Ardolino's final TV assignment was directing "Gypsy" (CBS, 1993) starring Bette Midler in an adaptation of the Sondheim/Styne/Laurents musical. This special was broadcast after the director's death.

Relationships

Dorothy Boland

Sister
survived him

Aurelia Janosek

Sister
survived him

Livia Meyer

Sister
survived him

Luis Rodriguez-Dilla

Companion
survived him

EDUCATION

Queens College

Flushing , New York

Queens College

Flushing , New York

Milestones

1993

Last feature film, "The Nutcracker"

1993

Last film directed for TV, a version of "Gypsy" starring Bette Midler

1987

Fiction feature directing debut, "Dirty Dancing"

1983

Feature documentary directing debut, "He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'"

1975

Worked as producer and director for Public Television's "Dance in America" and "Live from Lincoln Center" series

1967

Set up his own production company

Toured as actor in "The Fantasticks"

Became interested in filmmaking; learned basics of cinematography and editing

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