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Director Rod Daniel (1942-2016)


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The veteran director Rod Daniel, whose first feature film was the surprise 1985 hit "Teen Wolf," has died at the age of 73. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and passed away at his Chicago home on April 16.


Daniel had the good fortune of seeing his debut picture released during the "Summer of Michael J. Fox."  The "Family Ties" TV star already had headlined one of the biggest movies of the year -- "Back to the Future" -- which opened on July 3, 1985. "Teen Wolf," a much-smaller film that starred Fox as a high school student who discovers that lycanthropy runs in his family, was released seven weeks later and did excellent business. In its first week, it was No. 2 at the domestic box office, behind "Back to the Future." It went on to earn more than $80 million worldwide.




Daniel had nothing to do with the 1987 "Teen Wolf" sequel -- which starred Jason Bateman -- or the current dramatic television series on MTV. 


His other films included "Like Father Like Son" (one of three body-swap comedies during 1987), "K-9" (1989), "The Super" (1991) and the first sequel about a lovable St. Bernard, "Beethoven's 2nd" (1993).   



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