Joe Napolitano
Napolitano directing an episode of Quantum Leap in 1991
Joseph Ralph Napolitano

(1948-11-22)November 22, 1948 [1]
DiedJuly 23, 2016(2016-07-23) (aged 67)
Other namesJ. R. Napolitano
OccupationTelevision director
Years active1974–2016

Joseph Ralph Napolitano (November 22, 1948 – July 23, 2016) was an American television director who worked on multiple episodic series. He previously was a film assistant director.[2]


Napolitano's television credits include directing twelve episodes of Quantum Leap, two episodes of The X-Files, two episodes of Picket Fences, three episodes of The Pretender, two episodes of L.A. Doctors, two episodes of Dawson's Creek, four episodes of Boston Public, and fourteen episodes of Strong Medicine, as well as the 1991 TV film Earth Angel.[3][4][5][6] The TV film Contagious earned an American Latino Media Arts Award for actress Elizabeth Peña for 'Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series'.[7]

In the 1980s, Napolitano's work included acting as assistant director on feature film projects, working on films with directors Brian Hutton, Danny DeVito, Stuart Rosenberg, Donald P. Bellisario, Ron Howard, Howard Zieff, Terry Gilliam, Antoine Fuqua, and on multiple projects directed by Brian De Palma.[4]


As director


Video games

As first assistant director



  1. ^ a b Birth reference via &
  2. ^ McClendon, Lamarco (26 July 2016). "Joe Napolitano, 'Quantum Leap,' 'X-Files' Director Dies at 67". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ Jerry Roberts (2009). "Joe Napolitano". Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, Volume 1. Scarecrow Press. p. 411. ISBN 978-0-8108-6138-1.
  4. ^ a b "Joe Napolitano filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Joe Napolitano credits". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Joe Napolitano (II)". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Pena: 1998 - ALMA Award - Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series for Contagious". OneIndia. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Movies:The Fisher King (1991)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2009. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2011.