Steve Miner
Stephen C. Miner

(1951-06-18) June 18, 1951 (age 72)
Occupation(s)Film director
Television director

Stephen C. Miner (born June 18, 1951) is an American director of film and television, film producer,[1] and a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is notable for his work in the horror genre, including Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part III, House, Warlock, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Lake Placid, and Day of the Dead. He has also directed numerous comedy and drama films, as well as episodes of notable television series including The Wonder Years, Dawson's Creek, and Smallville.

Life and career

Miner was born in Chicago, Illinois.[2]

He began work in the film industry as a recurring collaborator of producer-director Sean S. Cunningham, filling in for various behind the scenes roles on films such as The Last House on the Left and Friday the 13th. His directorial debut was the latter film's first sequel, and he directed the third entry less than a year later.[1] In 1983, Miner acquired the rights from Toho to develop an American Godzilla film titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 3D, with Miner attached as the director.[3] Miner hired Fred Dekker to write the script and William Stout for storyboards and concept art.[4][3] Miner generated some interest in Hollywood but was unable to secure financing and let the rights revert to Toho.[5]

Miner went on to direct other horror films such as Warlock, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, and Lake Placid. Miner first crossed over into the comedy genre with his 1985 cult horror-comedy House, and has since gone on to direct other films in the genre including Soul Man and Big Bully. Miner is the only director to have crossed over and directed more than one of the horror "Big 3" (Halloween/Michael Myers, Friday the 13th/Jason Voorhees and Nightmare on Elm Street/Freddy Krueger).

Miner has since become a notable television director on shows like Smallville, Psych, Felicity, Dawson's Creek (including the pilot and four of the other episodes of the first season), and Diagnosis: Murder. His work on The Wonder Years earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series and a DGA Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.




Other credits

Year Title Role
1972 The Last House on the Left Production assistant and assistant editor
1973 Case of the Full Moon Murders Editor and second unit director
1975 Video Vixens Assistant editor
1978 Here Come the Tigers Producer, second unit director, and editor
Manny's Orphans Story writer, editor, and producer
1980 Friday the 13th Associate producer, assistant director, and unit production manager
1982 A Stranger Is Watching Associate producer
1986 Night of the Creeps Second unit director


TV movies

Year Title Director Executive
1990 Maverick Square Yes Yes
1996 Texas Graces Yes No
2001 The Third Degree Yes No
2002 Home of the Brave Yes No
2006 Scarlett Yes No

TV series

Year Title Director Producer Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Yes Supervising 9 episodes
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Yes No Episode "B-Men"
1990 Elvis Yes No 6 episodes
1992 Laurie Hill Yes No Episode "Pilot"
1993 Against the Grain Yes No Episode "Pilot"
1994 Chicago Hope Yes No Episode "Shut Down"
1995 Raising Canes Yes No
1996 Diagnosis: Murder Yes No Episode "An Explosive Murder"
1997 Relativity Yes No Episode "The Day the Earth Moved"
The Practice Yes No Episodes "Hide and Seek" and "Dog Bite"
1998 Dawson's Creek Yes Yes 4 episodes
1999 Wasteland Yes No Episode "Pilot"
2000 Felicity Yes No Episode "The Christening"
2001 Kate Brasher Yes No Episode "Georgia"
2002 Smallville Yes No Episode "Duplicity"
2003 Miss Match Yes No Episodes "Miss Communication" and "Who's Your Daddy?"
Karen Sisco Yes No Episode "Nostalgia"
2004 Jake 2.0 Yes No Episode "Upgrade"
Summerland Yes No Episode "Skipping School"
North Shore Yes No Episode "Alexandria"
2005 Wildfire Yes Co-executive Episode "Pilot" and "Trust"
2008 The Ex List Yes No Episode "Art Professor"
Psych Yes No Episode "Talk Derby to Me"
2009-2012 Make It or Break It Yes No 4 episodes
2009 Eureka Yes No Episode "Insane in the P-Brane"
2010 The Gates Yes Yes Episode "Identity Crisis"
2011-2017 Switched at Birth Yes No 19 episodes
2014-2015 Chasing Life Yes No 9 episodes
2015-2016 Stitchers Yes Executive 4 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Steve Miner". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-23.
  2. ^ Miner, Steve 1951- (Stephen Miner) |
  3. ^ a b Ryfle 1998, p. 218.
  4. ^ Ryfle 1998, p. 217.
  5. ^ Ryfle 1998, p. 223.