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Date Of BirthJanuary 17, 1939
FactAttended Pratt University in Brooklyn, New York on a baseball and basketball scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Bob Giraldi is an American director, producer, and commercial advertising director. He is best known for directing the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and for directing the 1984 film, The Breakfast Club.

Bob Giraldi was born on October 28, 1942 in Paterson, New Jersey. His parents were Italian immigrants. He has two brothers and one sister. He attended Catholic schools growing up. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1964 with a degree in English and Communications.

He began his career as a copywriter and then became a commercial director. He has directed commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Ford, and Pepsi, among others. He has won several awards for his work, including the Clio Award and the Cannes Lion Award.

In 1982, he directed the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The video was a huge success and won several awards, including the MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video.

In 1984, he directed the film The Breakfast Club. The film was a critical and commercial success. It grossed over $50 million at the box office and was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In recent years, Giraldi has directed several documentaries, including A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story (2015) and Mr. Soul! (2018).

Bob Giraldi has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He has been married three times and has four children.

General Info

Full NameBob Giraldi
Date Of BirthJanuary 17, 1939
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Television Director
EducationPratt Institute


ChildrenBob Giraldi Jr., Sienna Giraldi, Maria Giraldi, Theresa Giraldi
ParentsMinnie Giraldi


NominationsDirectors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Commercials
MoviesMichael Jackson: Number Ones, Dinner Rush, HIStory on Film, Volume II, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory, Hiding Out, Club Med, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, National Lampoon's Movie Madness, A Poet Long Ago, Redeploy, Second Guessing Grandma, The Routine, A Conversational Place

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1Was former creative director of advertising agency DellaFemina & Partners in early 1970s before starting his own production company which has produced and directed close to 3000 commercials, music videos and short films.
2With his jock sensibility, he successfully directed series of very popular Miller Lite commercials in the 1980s, ("More taste, less filling") featuring many famous athletes, plus the much-less athletic Dangerfield, Rodney.
3Film and television director best known for directing the music video for Michael Jackson's song "Beat it".
4Attended Pratt University in Brooklyn, New York on a baseball and basketball scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
5Born to a working-class Italian-American family.




Consensual2016Short executive producer completed
Dime Crimes # 342015Short executive producer completed
Directions2015Short executive producer completed
People Who Don't Know Me2014Short executive producer post-production
Legroom2013Short executive producer completed
Bedsteadied2012Short executive producer completed
Hide-and-Seek2012Short executive producer completed
Cork ManShort executive producer post-production
Direction-less [Sleepwalking on a Banana Peel]Short executive producer post-production
RunnerShort executive producer completed
Dreamer2016/VShort executive producer
The Hobbyist2016Short executive producer
A World Like Ours2016Short executive producer
Night Job2016Short executive producer
Catching Fireflies2016Short executive producer
Severance Pay2016Video short executive producer
The Still Life2016Short executive producer
Chateau Sauvignon: terroir2015Short executive producer
Isolated Incident2015Short executive producer
Enigma2015/IShort executive producer
Gone Into the Clearing2015Short executive producer
Remembrance2015Short executive producer
Lady2015/IShort executive producer
The Passage2015/IIIShort executive producer
Destiny Jones2014Short executive producer
Dilemma2014Short executive producer
The Boy Under the Piano2014Short executive producer
From Adam2014Short executive producer
Oh, Brother2014Short executive producer
The Devil in the Doorway2014Short executive producer
The Little Violinist2014Short executive producer
El Cuco2013Short executive producer
Lucky Story2013Short executive producer
Redeploy2013Short producer
The Fling2013Short executive producer
Calaveras2013Short executive producer
Quiet on the Set2013Short executive producer
Retire for the Evening2013Short executive producer
The Pod2013/IIShort executive producer
The Womb2013Short executive producer
Transparent2013Short executive producer
Adrift2012/IShort executive producer
Blue Beat2012Short executive producer
Self Portrait2012/IShort executive producer
The Film of a Liar2012Short executive producer
Ben's Morning2012Short executive producer
Bubble Girl2012Short executive producer
A Heart of Gold2012Short executive producer
Capone: The Rehearsal2011Short producer
Delivery2011/IIShort executive producer
Everyday2011/IIShort executive producer
Morse Code2011Short executive producer
Nexus2011Short executive producer
Losing Grandma2011Short executive producer
Defilement2011Short executive producer
La Mia Famiglia2011Short executive producer
Taxi Cab Teranga2011Short executive producer
Friends and Strangers2011Short executive producer
Caught Up2010/IShort executive producer
Honored2007Short executive producer
Luchador Love2007Short executive producer
Dinner Rush2000producer - uncredited
My Hometown1984Short producer


New Year's Eve @ Sunny's2016completed
A Conversational PlaceShort completed
A Poet Long Ago2013Short
Capone: The Rehearsal2011Short
The Grey Coat2010Short
Second Guessing Grandma2008Short
Honey Trap2005Short
Michael Jackson: Number Ones2003Video documentary video "Beat It"
The Lionel Richie Collection2003Video documentary videos "All Night Long", "Running With the Night", "Penny Lover", "Hello", "Ballerina Girl"
Pat Benatar: Choice Cuts - The Complete Video Collection2003Video video "Love is a Battlefield"
The Routine2002Short
Pat Benatar: Best Shots - The Videos2002Video video "Love is a Battlefield"
Dinner Rush2000
The Will Smith Music Video Collection1999Video documentary video "Just the Two of Us"
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II1997Video documentary video "Beat It"
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory1995Video documentary video "Beat It"
The King of Ads1991Documentary segment "Dr. Pepper commercial"
Hiding Out1987
Pat Benatar: The Visual Music Collection1986Video video "Love is a Battlefield"
Club Med1986TV Movie
Jean Michel Jarre Rendez-vous Houston: A City in Concert1986TV Special
City Boy1985TV Movie
Visions of Diana Ross1985Video
Pat Benatar: Hit Videos1984Video short video "Love is a Battlefield"
Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember1984TV Movie documentary
My Hometown1984Short
Pat Benatar: Love Is a Battlefield1983Video short
Movie Madness1982segments "Growing Yourself", "Success Wanters"


The Grey Coat2010Short
Honey Trap2005Short
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II1997Video documentary treatment - segment "Beat It"
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory1995Video documentary treatment - segment "Beat It"
Pat Benatar: Love Is a Battlefield1983Video short written by


He's With Me2016TV SeriesGibson

Music Department

Voyage of the Rock Aliens1984director: first musical sequence


Top of the Pops 22009TV Series director - 1 episode


The Pod2013/IIShort special thanks
Wrestling with Alligators1998thanks


Piers Morgan's Life Stories2015TV SeriesHimself
Pat Benatar: Choice Cuts - The Complete Video Collection2003VideoHimself
The Essential Michael Jackson2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director 'Beat It'


Won Awards

2001Audience Award - Honorable MentionSarasota Film FestivalBest FeatureDinner Rush (2000)
2000Audience Choice AwardSt. Louis International Film FestivalDinner Rush (2000)

Nominated Awards

2009Audience AwardNew York City Short Film FestivalAudience Choice Program AHoney Trap (2005)
2002Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmThe Routine (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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