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John Whitesell is an American television and film director. He has directed numerous films such as Calendar Girl and Big Momma's House 2. He started his career as a film director in 1993.

John Whitesell
NationalityUnited States
Alma materSimpson College
OccupationTelevision and film director
Spouse(s)Jolie Barnett
Parent(s)Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell
FamilySean Whitesell (brother)
Patrick Whitesell (brother)
Chris Whitesell (brother)
Jim Whitesell (brother)
Tom Whitesell (brother)
Maria Quiban (sister-in-law)
Lauren Sánchez (sister-in-law)

Early life and educationEdit

Whitesell is the son of Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell.[1] He has five brothers Sean Whitesell, Christopher Whitesell, Thomas, Patrick Whitesell, and James Whitesell.[2][3][4] Originally from Iowa Falls, Iowa, Whitesell attended Simpson College,[5][6][7] before moving to New York City to study acting and directing at Circle in The Square.


His credits include Law & Order, Roseanne, Doctor, Doctor, A Different World, Baby Boom, Coach and Tattingers.

He won a Daytime Emmy Award (Outstanding Direction For A Daytime Drama Series - John Whitesell, Bruce S. Barry, Matthew Diamond, Irene M. Pace, Robert D. Kochman, Joanne Rivituso, and Joanne Sedwick) for his work on CBS Daytime's Guiding Light, and worked on Another World (NBC Daytime), Texas and Search for Tomorrow (as executive producer in November 1985 - December 1986)."[8][9]


His theater credits include Happily Ever After, And That's the Way It Was, Solo for Two Voices, Towards Zero, and The Glass Menagerie.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Jolie Barnett.[10][11] They are members of Kehillat Israel.[12]

Filmography as directorEdit


  1. ^ Chicago Sun-Times: "Celebrity Status: Like Rest of Family, Whitesell at Home on Stage -- Only His Is Gentile Center" by Toni Ginnetti January 30, 2006
  2. ^ Deadline: "Sean Whitesell Dies: Television Writer-Producer And Brother Of WME’s Patrick Whitesell Was 52" by Ross A. Lincoln December 31, 2015
  3. ^ The Wrap: "Sean Whitesell, TV Writer and Brother of WME’s Patrick Whitesell, Dead at 52" by Jeff Sneider December 31, 2015
  4. ^ The Courier: "Iowa Falls family finds ties to show business" by Jessica Miller Mar 12, 2001
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-03-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  10. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Hot property to the Hollywood Hills and Beyond" by Ruth Ryon January 02, 2000
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Obituary - Robert Louis Barnett" July 30, 2003
  12. ^ Kehillat Israel: "COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY" retrieved December 5, 2016

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