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Dave Filoni (born June 7, 1974) is an American animation director, voice actor, television writer, television producer, film director, and animator. He is most known for his work on Avatar: The Last Airbender and on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars theatrical film and television series. He was also the creator and an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels for all four seasons, and for the first two seasons he served as its supervising director. Justin Ridge succeeded him as supervising director in September 2016 when Filoni accepted a promotion to oversee all of Lucasfilm Animation projects.[1] Then he returned as supervising director for season 4. Filoni is also credited as one of the creators of the web series, Star Wars Forces of Destiny and as the creator of the 2018–2019 animated series, Star Wars Resistance.

Dave Filoni
Dave Filoni at the Star Wars Weekends in 2010
Dave Filoni

(1974-06-07) June 7, 1974 (age 45)
Alma materEdinboro University of Pennsylvania
OccupationAnimation director, voice actor, writer, television producer and animator
Years active1997–present
Known for

Early lifeEdit

Dave Filoni grew up in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Mt. Lebanon High School in 1992 and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996.[2] Filoni's father was an opera and a classical music fan, according to composer Kevin Kiner (who did most of the music for The Clone Wars and Rebels); as such, he inherited appreciation for classical music and helped with the collaboration process, with Kiner crediting Filoni for suggesting the organ in Grand Admiral Thrawn's theme from Rebels.[3] Filoni has also said that his grandfather and uncle were pilots, with the latter specializing in restoring planes. He cited this as a significant influence with regards to the concept of Star Wars Resistance.[4]

Early careerEdit

Prior to his work with Lucasfilm Animation, Filoni worked for Nickelodeon directing episodes of the first season of animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Star WarsEdit

An avid Star Wars fan, particularly of character Plo Koon, Filoni dressed up as the Jedi Master for the opening of Revenge of the Sith, and was dismayed at the character's fate in the film. Filoni left Nickelodeon after George Lucas offered him a job, helping him develop a Star Wars animated series. Whilst on The Star Wars Show Filoni revealed that he originally believed he was being pranked when given the Star Wars job.[5]


He is the director of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated feature film and the supervising director of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series.

Filoni made an appearance at Celebration IV on Sunday, May 28, 2007 with producer Catherine Winder to discuss the beginnings of the new television series and reveal how The Clone Wars is being created. At the time, he announced he would be writing for the Clone Wars monthly comic. Filoni voices the bounty hunter Embo during various episodes in different seasons. In February 2009, Filoni was inducted as an Honorary Member of the 501st Legion international costuming organization in recognition of his contributions to the continuing Star Wars saga.[citation needed]

Filoni's office, as seen in the extra features on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars DVD, is filled with Plo Koon paraphernalia. He has a bust of Plo Koon's head, a model of Plo Koon's ship, an autographed portrait by the actor who played Plo Koon, a replica of Plo Koon's lightsaber on his desk, and his personal Plo Koon costume on display. Filoni also has a notebook-sized planner on his desk with Plo Koon's picture taped to the outside, and he has written the words "Plo Kool" on concept art designs for the Clone Wars, indicating that he liked those designs. Filoni also has a small model of the character Appa on his desk, from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Filoni has attended all the Clone Wars premieres and attended the fifth season premiere in Orlando, Florida during the special event Celebration VI on August 24, 2012.[citation needed] He is most associated with developing the characters of Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.

Filoni served as an executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, which debuted in fall 2014, alongside Greg Weisman and Simon Kinberg.[6] For the first two seasons he also served as its supervising director. He appointed Justin Ridge as his successor for the remainder of the show, though he still remained as executive producer. Filoni departed as supervising director in September 2016 when he was given the job as overseer of all future and current Lucasfilm Animation projects.[7] Then he returned as supervising director for season 4. He directed two episodes of the The Mandalorian television series, making his live action debut.

Voice actingEdit

Filoni provided the voice of the bounty hunter Embo in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the Star Wars Rebels season three episodes "The Holocrons of Fate" and "Legacy of Mandalore", Filoni voiced a Rebel Crewman, Stormtroopers, and Mandalorian Warrior, respectively. He also voiced Chopper for the entirety of the show.


Year Film Credited as Voice Role Notes
Director Writer Executive Producer Art /
Animation department
Voice actor
1997–1999 King of the Hill No No No Yes No character layout artist
storyboard artist
assistant director
1999 Mission Hill No No No Yes No storyboard artist
assistant director
2001 The Oblongs No No No Yes No retakes
assistant director
2002 Teamo Supremo No No No Yes No storyboard artist
2003 Kim Possible No No No Yes No storyboard artist
Fillmore! No No No Yes No storyboard artist
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long No No No Yes No storyboard artist
The WIN Awards No No No Yes No animation director
Avatar: The Last Airbender Yes No No Yes No storyboard artist
character designer
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Yes No No Yes No development artist
2008–2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Yes Yes No No Yes Embo (Season 2–5), Jakoli (Season 4), Spots Podal (Season 5) supervising director
additional dialogue
2014–2018 Star Wars Rebels Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Chopper, Rebel Crewman, Stormtrooper creator
supervising director
storyboard artist
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens No No No Yes Yes Screaming Jakku villager voice cameo[8]
concept artist
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story No No No No Yes Chopper voice cameo
2017–2018 Star Wars Forces of Destiny No No Yes Yes Yes Chopper, Stormtrooper co-creator
storyboard artist
2018 Lego Star Wars: All-Stars No No No No Yes Chopper
2018–2019 Star Wars Resistance N/A Yes Yes N/A Yes Bo Keevil, Kowakians creator
2019 The Mandalorian Yes Yes Yes No N/A N/A Live-action debut
Episodes directing
Title Episode(s)
Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Boy in the Iceberg (Pilot)", "The Avatar Returns", "Imprisoned", "Jet", "The Blue Spirit", "The Fortuneteller", "The Northern Air Temple", "The Siege of the North, Part 2"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Rising Malevolence", "Cloak of Darkness", "Lethal Trackdown", "Clone Cadets", "Padawan Lost", "Wookiee Hunt", "A Friend in Need", "A War on Two Fronts", "The Wrong Jedi"
Star Wars Rebels "Path of the Jedi", "Fire Across the Galaxy", "The Lost Commanders", "Wings of the Master", "Twilight of the Apprentice", "Twin Suns", "Wolves and a Door", "A World Between Worlds", "A Fool's Hope", "Family Reunion and Farewell"
The Mandalorian "Chapter 1", #1.5


  1. ^ "Dave Filoni Now Overseeing Creative Development of New Lucasfilm Animation Projects". September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Owen, Rob (October 3, 2014). "Tuned In: Pittsburgh native delves into 'Star Wars' lore". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
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  5. ^ Star Wars (August 12, 2016). "Dave Filoni Extended Interview – The Star Wars Show" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "'Star Wars Rebels' Renewal for Season 3 Confirmed; 2016 Premiere to Get Same Timeslot on Disney XD". Venture Capital Post. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Report: Justin Ridge Replaces Dave Filoni as Supervising Director of 'Star Wars Rebels' (Updated!)".
  8. ^ "From "Blast That X-wing!" to "Traitor!": The Voices of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". January 25, 2016.

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