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Joe Napolitano


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Joe Napolitano Obituary
November 22, 1948 - July 23, 2016 Joe Napolitano, age 67, passed away on July 23, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA after he lost his battle with cancer. Joe was born in New York, NY to Ralph and Phyllis Napolitano. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth (Gast) Napolitano, son Michael, daughter Grace, sister Andee Lucas, nephew David Wrather, niece Cissy Wrather, grand-nephews John and Hunter, and grand-niece Abigail. Joe's career in directing and producing spanned over thirty-four years and his television credits numbered over forty episodes of prime time dramas, including "Quantum Leap", "X-Files", "Picket Fences", "Northern Exposure", "E.R." and "Boston Public". In addition to television, Joe served as first assistant director on such classic Hollywood films as "Scarface", "Parenthood", "Throw Momma From the Train", "The Fisher King", "The Untouchables", "Body Double", "Blow Out", and "The Pope of Greenwich Village". Joe was also an avid astronomer who created a community outreach program that held many public stargazing events. Joe loved rock music and was proud to have been one of the lucky few to attend the original Woodstock Music Festival. A memorial Mass will be held on July 29 at 3:00PM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Thousand Oaks, 91362 Donations for the family can be made to the Joe Napolitano Memorial Fund on fundly.com/the-joe-napolitano-memorial-fund
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 28, 2016
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