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Dennis Dugan

Director, Actor Date of birth 5th September 1946
Place of birth Wheaton, Illinois, USA
Year of debut 1990
First feature film Problem Child

Dennis Dugan began acting in high school and went on to study at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. After graduating, he moved to New York where he starred in numerous off-Broadway plays. He re-located to LA where he mainly got work acting on TV shows. From the late eighties, he focused his career on directing movies and television. He has since directed movies including Problem Child and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

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Dennis Dugan's films

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Packshot for the film Grown Ups
12 Certificate
98 Mins

A group of old school friends get together for a weekend away. With Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Maria Bello. Sexual innuendo and moderate language.

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Packshot for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
12 Certificate
111 Mins

Two straight friends (Adam Sandler and Kevin James) pretend to be gay in order to claim benefits. Mild language, mild male nudity and humorous references to male gay sex.

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Packshot for the film Jack And Jill
PG Certificate
87 Mins

A man (Adam Sandler) is visited by his annoying twin sister (Adam Sandler). With Al Pacino and Katie Holmes. Mild sex references, language, comic violence and crude humour.

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Did you know?

  • Dennis Dugan has said "audiences that go to my movies don't want a message. They don't want my soul exposed or my life view. They just want to laugh".
  • He often collaborates with Adam Sandler, having directed Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He enjoys working with Adam because he immerses himself in the entire process. Dennis noted "he’s not just an actor who shows up and is funny. He produces, writes, is in the editing room and helps with the soundtrack".
  • He frequently makes cameo appearances in his own movies. For example, he was a reluctant trick-or-treat giver in Big Daddy.
  • His TV appearances include Private Eye in the seventies and Hill Street Blues in the early eighties.
  • He married actress Joyce Van Patten in 1973 and they divorced in 1987.