Fans who loved the classic movie “Mr. Mom” were saddened at the news that its director, Stan Dragoti, passed away July 13 in Los Angeles. He was 85.
According to his wife Yolanda, Dragoti died of complications from pneumonia. Please pray for her as she struggles with his loss.
Dragoti directed “Mr. Mom” based on the screenplay by John Hughes. Starring a young Michael Keaton, as well as Teri Garr, his wife in the film, Dragoti cemented his place in 80s cinematic lore.
One reviewer of the film put it simply, “I’ve always enjoyed Mr. Mom but now that I actually am Mr. Mom the movie was even more relatable and funny. … Maybe it’s the good feeling you get from watching something from your youth or maybe it’s the fact that they’re actually funny. All I know is that I’m loving the trip down memory lane right now.”
In addition to “Mr. Mom,” Dragoti also directed the hit “Love at First Bite,” starring George Hamilton. The 1979 film was a spoof on Dracula. The film drew praise from media outlets, described by The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/13/archives/screen-love-at-first-bite-draculas-plaza-suite-fullblooded-humor.htmlas a “coarse, delightful little movie with bang-up cast and no pretensions at all.”
Dragoti attended Cooper Union College and later the Visual Arts College, then worked at the New York City advertising agencies Young & Rubicam and Mary Wells Lawrence.
After directing “Love at First Bite,” Dragoti traveled to the Cannes Film Festival, where he was arrested at a layover in Frankfurt, Germany, for possession of cocaine, according to Page Six. He spent eight weeks in jail until a judge suspended his sentence and released him.
At the time, Dragoti’s pain of his then-wife’s love affair with another man, as well as his over-worked schedule, drove him to drugs, he said.
“I guess you could say I was not strong enough to take the pain,” he told PEOPLE magazine.
Dragoti is survived by his second wife Yolanda. He did not have any children. Please pray for her during this difficult time. Find out about a major update to an actor who was in a coma recently. https://www.faithfamilyamerica.com/update_on_richard_bacon