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John Pasquin

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John Pasquin
Born (1944-11-30) November 30, 1944 (age 79)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
EducationBeloit College (BA)
Carnegie Mellon University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Film director, theatre director, television director, television producer. Asst. Professor Drama Department, Carnegie-Mellon University
Years active1982–present
(m. 1982)

John Pasquin (born November 30, 1944)[1] is an American director of film, television and theatre.[2]


An alumnus of Beloit College and Carnegie Mellon University, Pasquin began directing Broadway theatre plays in the early 1980s.[3] He moved on to television, directing episodes of the series Family Ties, Growing Pains, Alice and Newhart. In addition to directing a season 1 episode of Roseanne, he directed the entire second season, as well as the first four episodes from the revived tenth season. His producing debut came in 1991 with the sitcom Home Improvement starring Tim Allen, also directing a number of episodes of the series. He also directed Allen in the films The Santa Clause (1994), also his feature film directing debut, Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) and Joe Somebody (2001). In 2005, he directed Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, the sequel to the 2000 film Miss Congeniality.[2]

Pasquin's other television directing credits include Thirtysomething, L.A. Law, George Lopez, Freddie, Accidentally on Purpose, Rules of Engagement and Better with You.[2] In 2011, he worked with Tim Allen again, directing and producing the sitcom Last Man Standing.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pasquin is married to actress JoBeth Williams; they have two children, Will and Nick. He also has a daughter, Sarah, from a previous marriage.[2]



Year Title Contribution Role Notes
Director Actor
1994 The Santa Clause Yes Yes Santa #6 Feature Film directing debut
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Yes Yes Bearded Man in Times Square
2001 Joe Somebody Yes No
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Yes No


Year Title Contribution Notes
Director Producer
1980–81 Texas Yes 17 episodes
1980–82 Another World Yes 2 episodes
1982 Gimme a Break! Yes "Brother Ed and the Hooker"
1982–84 Alice Yes 12 episodes
1983–87 Family Ties Yes 13 episodes
1984 Brothers Yes "Fools Russian"
1984 It's Your Move Yes 2 episodes
1984–85 Double Trouble Yes 3 episodes
1985 Sara Yes 5 episodes
1985 Hometown Yes "Divorce Party"
1985 Growing Pains Yes 5 episodes
1985–86 Newhart Yes 6 episodes
1986 Heart of the City Yes "A Rough Ride of Life's Merry-Go-Round"
1986–88 The Cavanaughs Yes 3 episodes
1987 Thirtysomething Yes 2 episodes
1987–88 CBS Summer Playhouse Yes 2 episodes
1987–89 L.A. Law Yes 4 episodes
1988 Heart and Soul Yes TV movie
1988 Raising Miranda Yes "Marcine Shoplifts"
1989 Out on the Edge Yes TV movie
1989–2018 Roseanne Yes Yes Director (29 episodes)
Co-Executive Producer (9 episodes)
1990 Going Places Yes "Curse of the Video"
1991 Don't Touch My Daughter Yes TV movie
1991 My Life and Times Yes "Our Wedding"
1991–99 Home Improvement Yes Yes Director (39 episodes)
Producer (37 episodes)
1996 Buddies Yes Yes Director (7 episodes)
Producer (6 episodes)
1997 Soul Man Yes Yes Director (6 episodes)
Producer (2 episodes)
1998 Carson's Vertical Suburbia Yes TV movie
1999 The First Gentleman Yes TV movie
1999 Payne Yes "Gossip Checks in and a Cat Checks Out"
2002 America's Most Terrible Things Yes TV movie
2003 The Dan Show Yes TV movie
2003–04 George Lopez Yes Yes Director (17 episodes)
Producer (14 episodes)
2005–06 Freddie Yes Yes (7 episodes)
2007 Playing Chicken Yes TV movie
2008 Fourplay Yes TV movie
2009 Accidentally on Purpose Yes 2 episodes
2010 Rules of Engagement Yes 6 episodes
2010 Better with You Yes 3 episodes
2011–18 Last Man Standing Yes Yes Director (73 episodes)
Producer (23 episodes)
Co-Executive Producer (29 episodes)
2012 Malibu Country Yes Yes "Pilot"
2014–15 Cristela Yes 6 episodes


Association Year Category Nominated Work Results Ref
Directors Guild of America 1990 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series — Night (for episode "To Live and Diet in L.A.") L.A. Law Nominated [5]
Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (for episode "To Live and Diet in L.A.) L.A. Law Nominated [6]
1992 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer) Home Improvement Nominated
1993 Home Improvement Nominated


  1. ^ John Pasquin - Yahoo! TV
  2. ^ a b c d John Pasquin Biography, Film Reference
  3. ^ John Pasquin profile Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, UCLA Arts Camp
  4. ^ Rants & Reviews - The Futon's First Look: "Last Man Standing" (ABC)
  5. ^ "Awards / Winner and Nominee Search". www.dga.org. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  6. ^ "John Pasquin". Television Academy. Retrieved 2021-06-16.

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