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Joe Alves is a american film production designer and director.

Early Life[]

Joe was born on May 21, 1936 in San Leandro, California, USA.

Personal Life[]

He has been Married to Jerri Lauridsen since April, 29, 1990. they have two children together.


  • Jaws (production designer (Mechanical Shark)-credited as Joseph Alves Jr., second unit director-uncredited)
  • Jaws 2 (production designer (Mechanical Shark)-credited as Joseph Alves Jr., second unit director, associate producer)
  • Jaws 3 (Director,production designer (Mechanical Shark))
  • Jaws: The Inside Story (Archive Material, himself)
  • The Shark Is Still Working (himself)
  • The Making of Jaws 2 (himself)
  • The Making of Steven Spielbergs Jaws (himself)
  • The Making of Jaws 3-D: Sharks Don't Die (Himself and director)


  • His wife Jerri Lauridsen was born in 1955 and her roles include being a production associate, production coordinator, assistant and actress.
  • His birth name is Joseph Manuel Alves
  • He has worked on other films such as The Sugarland Express, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Escape from New York and Forbidden Planet.
  • Alternate Names are Joseph M. Alves Jr., Joseph Alves Jr. and Joseph Alves
  • His star sign is Gemini
  • His other roles include being a art director, visual consultant, assistant art director, second unit director, associate producer, technical adviser and assistant effects Illustrator.
  • Jaws 3 was the only film Joe directed due to the generally weak critical reception and negative reviews
  • He was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award in 1983 for worst director for Jaws 3.
  • He has also worked on TV Shows such as "Night Gallery" and "Hec Ramsey"
  • He also nominated for an Oscar and won two other awards