Born in 1943 in New York; died of an AIDS-related illness, November 20, 1993,in Los Angeles, CA. Film director and producer. Before turning his attentionto feature films, Ardolino earned a reputation for producing and directing documentary pieces for film and television which focused on dance. In 1967, hefounded a film company with Gardner Compton and later went on to earn an Obie Award for work on filmed sections of the musical Oh! Calcutta! His reputation was bolstered by his involvement with the Public Broadcasting System "Dance in America" series, for which he won an Emmy Award. In 1983 he produced anddirected He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin', a documentary which spotlights dancer Jacques d'Amboise's work with children. The film earned Ardolino an AcademyAward, two Emmy Awards, and a Peabody Award. Ardolino ventured into the commercial film market with the direction of Dirty Dancing, a popular motion picture starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. He later directed Chances Arein the late 1980s, Three Men and a Little Lady in 1990, and Sister Act in 1992.