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DENNIS DUGAN (Director) is a talented filmmaker whose diverse career in entertainment spans over two decades. Dugan is considered one of the industry's top feature film comedy directors, earning his reputation with such hits as Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore (both of which starred Adam Sandler), Saving Silverman starring Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet and Beverly Hills Ninja starring Chris Farley. Most recently, he directed National Security starring Martin Lawrence.

On the small screen, Dugan has directed dozens of television projects including "Hope and Faith,” "NYPD Blue,” and "Ally McBeal," as well as the telepics "Columbo” and "The Shaggy Dog."

Dugan is an actor turned filmmaker who began his career in the New York theater scene and first made his mark in Hollywood in front of the camera. He starred in his own NBC television series. "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye," and also guest starred on such award-winning television programs as "M*A*S*H,” "Columbo,” "The Rockford Files,” "Hill Street Blues” and "Moonlighting." It was during a guest-star stint on "Moonlighting" that he first stepped behind the camera, directing the final season of the critically lauded show.

In addition to small, yet memorable, acting roles in his own films, the most recent being "the reluctant trick-or-treat giver" in Big Daddy, Dugan's feature film credits include roles in Parenthood, She's Having A Baby, Can't Buy Me Love and The Howling.

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