Ken Kwapis

Director, Scriptwriter
Often associated with family fare and genial comedies, Ken Kwapis was also twice nominated for CableACE Awards for directing the very adult "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO). Perhaps his best-remembered episodes of the ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1957 in Belleville, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (28)

Happyish 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

A Walk in the Woods 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Office 2005 - 2007, 2009, 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Outsourced 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Parks and Recreation 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

License to Wed 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Sexual Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Malcolm in the Middle 2000 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Bernie Mac Show 2001 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Watching Ellie 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Grounded For Life 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Freaks and Geeks 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Border Line 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Noah 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Dunston Checks In 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Bakersfield P.D. 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Route 66 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Revenge of the Nerd 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

The Beniker Gang 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer Switch (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Often associated with family fare and genial comedies, Ken Kwapis was also twice nominated for CableACE Awards for directing the very adult "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO). Perhaps his best-remembered episodes of the latter were with performance artist Tim Miller and with Carol Burnett when a number of tarantulas escaped in the studio.

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Won a Student Academy Award for his thesis film, "For Heaven's Sake!"

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Earned a Student Academy Award nomination for his film, "Road Movie"

Milestones

2012

Directed Barrymore and Krasinski in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle

2009

Directed an ensemble cast in the feature adaptation of "He's Just Not That Into You," based on the popular non-fiction bestseller; film produced by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films

2007

Helmed the romantic comedy "Licence to Wed," starring Mandy Moore, Robin Williams, and John Krasinski

2005

Directed the feature adaptation of Ann Brashares' novel "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"

2005

Directed and produced NBC's comedy series "The Office"; earned an Emmy (2007) nomination for directing the episode "Gay Witch Hunt"

2002

Helmed the pilot of "Watching Ellie" (NBC), starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

2001

Directed episodes of Fox's "The Bernie Mac Show"

2000

Directed and produced the Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle"

1999

Helmed episodes of NBC's short-lived comedy series "Freaks and Geeks"

1996

Returned to feature films with "Dunston Checks In"

1993

Helmed the premiere episode of "Route 66" (NBC)

1992

Directed episodes of HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show"

1991

Co-directed "He Said, She Said" with future wife Marisa Silver

1985

Made feature film debut with "Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird" and "The Beniker Gang"

1983

Directed first TV special "Revenge of the Nerd" (CBS)

Received a Student Academy Award for his thesis film "For Heaven's Sake!"

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