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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


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