Birth Name: Joseph James Dante, Jr.
Place of Birth: Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 28, 1946
Ethnicity: Italian (37.5%), Irish, English, Northern Irish
Joe Dante is an American film director, producer, editor, and actor. He is known for his films The Howling, Gremlins, Matinee, Small Soldiers, and The Hole, among others.
Joe is the son of Jane and James Joseph Dante.
Joe’s paternal grandfather was James Joseph Dante (the son of Generoso/Generose/Joseph Dante and Michelina Martucci). Joe’s grandfather James was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents, with his father being from Montefredane, Avellino, Campania. Generoso was the son of Vincenzo/Vicenzo Dante and Tommasina Maglio. Michelina was the daughter of Colombo Martucci and Philomena Aumenta.
Joe’s paternal grandmother was Loretta Amelia Ross (the daughter of William Hale Ross and Mary L. Jeffrey). Loretta was born in New York. William was the son of Joseph F. Ross, who was born in Longfora, Ireland, and of Mary Jane Hale. Joe’s great-grandmother Mary L. was Italian.
Joe’s maternal grandfather likely was Leon Ellsworth Enslee (the son of William T. Enslee and Isabelle). Leon was born in New Jersey. Isabelle’s parents were from England.
Joe’s maternal grandmother was named Dorothy Greer. Dorothy was born in New Jersey, to Northern Irish parents.
Sources: Obituary of Joe’s father – http://www.legacy.com
Joe’s father on 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Joe’s mother – https://familysearch.org