Joe is married to wife Sylvia.
Joe was almost crippled at age 7 from a case of polio.
The most successful film that Joe directed was Gremlins, which was one of the movies with controversial scenes that led to the introduction of the PG-13 film rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.
Before pursuing his interest in a career in film, Joe went to art school to be a cartoonist.
Joe says that every picture he's been involved in was influenced by Roger Corman.
Joe: It's hard making movies: you have to wake up early, fight for what you want. If you can't get your point of view on the screen then you'd better stay home.