Dennis Dugan

American director, comedian, and actor Dennis Dugan started his acting career in 1972, appearing in the 1973 made for TV movie” The Girl Most Likely to...”  He is well known for his frequent collaborations with comedic actor Adam Sandler. Dennis has also made a career as a television and film director, and appears in cameo parts in many of his films. Dugan has directed episodes of such television series as Moonlighting (was also a guest star in some episodes), Ally McBeal, and NYPD Blue.  Dugan's latest film was “Just Go With It”, which is his sixth film with Sandler. The film also starred Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker. Dugan married actress Joyce Van Patten in 1973 and divorced her fourteen years later. Now he is married to Sharon O'Connor and has a son named Kelly Dugan.

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Grown Ups 2 (2013)

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Lenny has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises—the last day of school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Kevin James  •  Chris Rock  •  David Spade

Lenny has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises—the last day of school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Kevin James  •  Chris Rock  •  David Spade

Grown Ups (2010)

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After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Salma Hayek  •  Maria Bello  •  Steve Buscemi

After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Salma Hayek  •  Maria Bello  •  Steve Buscemi

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Haru, an orphaned American who washes ashore in Japan and is mistaken for the great White Ninja of legend. Raised among the finest Ninjas, Haru grows strong and big - very big. With the grace of all Three Stooges rolled into one body, Haru is an embarrassment to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Chris Farley  •  Nicollette Sheridan  •  Robin Shou  •  Nathaniel Parker

Haru, an orphaned American who washes ashore in Japan and is mistaken for the great White Ninja of legend. Raised among the finest Ninjas, Haru grows strong and big - very big. With the grace of all Three Stooges rolled into one body, Haru is an embarrassment to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Chris Farley  •  Nicollette Sheridan  •  Robin Shou  •  Nathaniel Parker

Big Daddy (1999)

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Joey Lauren Adams  •  Jon Stewart  •  Cole Sprouse

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Joey Lauren Adams  •  Jon Stewart  •  Cole Sprouse

Brain Donors (1992)

Three manic idiots—a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman—team up to run a ballet company to fulfil the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Mel Smith  •  Bob Nelson  •  John Turturro  •  Teri Copley

Three manic idiots—a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman—team up to run a ballet company to fulfil the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Mel Smith  •  Bob Nelson  •  John Turturro  •  Teri Copley

Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

Nerdy high schooler Ronald Miller rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini from parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother's designer clothes. Ronald agrees to pay for the $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as though they're a couple for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Rash
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Amanda Peterson  •  Seth Green  •  Gerardo Mejía

Nerdy high schooler Ronald Miller rescues cheerleader Cindy Mancini from parental punishment after she accidentally destroys her mother's designer clothes. Ronald agrees to pay for the $1,000 outfit on one condition: that she will act as though they're a couple for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Rash
CAST:  Patrick Dempsey  •  Amanda Peterson  •  Seth Green  •  Gerardo Mejía

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize money. Meanwhile, an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Christopher McDonald  •  Julie Bowen  •  Frances Bay

Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize money. Meanwhile, an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Christopher McDonald  •  Julie Bowen  •  Frances Bay

National Security (2003)

Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Steve Zahn  •  Colm Feore  •  Bill Duke

Two mismatched security guards are thrown together to bust a smuggling operation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Martin Lawrence  •  Steve Zahn  •  Colm Feore  •  Bill Duke

Night Moves (1975)

Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Penn
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Jennifer Warren  •  Susan Clark  •  Harris Yulin

Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Penn
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Jennifer Warren  •  Susan Clark  •  Harris Yulin

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the 'black sheep' of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Tom Hulce  •  Rick Moranis  •  Martha Plimpton

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the 'black sheep' of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Tom Hulce  •  Rick Moranis  •  Martha Plimpton

Problem Child (1990)

Ben Healy and his social climbing wife Flo adopt fun-loving seven year old Junior. But they soon discover he's a little monster as he turns a camping trip, a birthday party and even a baseball game into comic nightmares.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  John Ritter  •  Jack Warden  •  Michael Oliver  •  Gilbert Gottfried

Ben Healy and his social climbing wife Flo adopt fun-loving seven year old Junior. But they soon discover he's a little monster as he turns a camping trip, a birthday party and even a baseball game into comic nightmares.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  John Ritter  •  Jack Warden  •  Michael Oliver  •  Gilbert Gottfried

Saving Silverman (2001)

A pair of buddies conspire to save their best friend from marrying the wrong woman, a cold-hearted beauty who snatches him from them and breaks up their Neil Diamond cover band.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Jason Biggs  •  Steve Zahn  •  Jack Black  •  Amanda Peet

A pair of buddies conspire to save their best friend from marrying the wrong woman, a cold-hearted beauty who snatches him from them and breaks up their Neil Diamond cover band.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Jason Biggs  •  Steve Zahn  •  Jack Black  •  Amanda Peet

She's Having a Baby (1988)

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Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alec Baldwin  •  William Windom

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alec Baldwin  •  William Windom

The Benchwarmers (2006)

A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Jon Heder  •  Rob Schneider  •  David Spade  •  Jon Lovitz

A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Jon Heder  •  Rob Schneider  •  David Spade  •  Jon Lovitz

The Howling (1981)

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Patrick Macnee  •  Dennis Dugan  •  Christopher Stone  •  Belinda Balaski

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Patrick Macnee  •  Dennis Dugan  •  Christopher Stone  •  Belinda Balaski

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)

After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking is stranded with her horse, Alfonso,and her pet monkey, Mr. Neilson, and takes up residence in the old family home, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Tami Erin  •  David Seaman  •  Cory Crow  •  Eileen Brennan

After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking is stranded with her horse, Alfonso,and her pet monkey, Mr. Neilson, and takes up residence in the old family home, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Tami Erin  •  David Seaman  •  Cory Crow  •  Eileen Brennan

Water (1985)

A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dick Clement
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Billy Connolly  •  Leonard Rossiter

A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dick Clement
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Billy Connolly  •  Leonard Rossiter

The Girl Most Likely to... (1973)

An ugly girl undergoes plastic surgery and becomes beautiful. She then takes revenge on all the people who mistreated her when she was ugly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Philips
CAST:  Stockard Channing  •  Edward Asner  •  Jim Backus  •  Joe Flynn

An ugly girl undergoes plastic surgery and becomes beautiful. She then takes revenge on all the people who mistreated her when she was ugly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Philips
CAST:  Stockard Channing  •  Edward Asner  •  Jim Backus  •  Joe Flynn

Just Go with It (2011)

A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Adam Sandler  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Bailee Madison

A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Adam Sandler  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Bailee Madison

The Shaggy Dog (1994)

Preteen Moochie Daniels just wants a dog, but his dad, Daniel, is allergic to canines, like Bundles, the shabby sheep dog of neighbor Charlie Mulvihill who secretly trained his pet to help him steal jewels. Mooch's big brother Wilbert 'Wilby' is smart, shy and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Scott Weinger  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Sharon Lawrence  •  Jon Polito

Preteen Moochie Daniels just wants a dog, but his dad, Daniel, is allergic to canines, like Bundles, the shabby sheep dog of neighbor Charlie Mulvihill who secretly trained his pet to help him steal jewels. Mooch's big brother Wilbert 'Wilby' is smart, shy and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Dugan
CAST:  Scott Weinger  •  Ed Begley Jr.  •  Sharon Lawrence  •  Jon Polito
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