Notable TV Directors

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1. Virgil W. Vogel

Editor | Touch of Evil

Virgil W. Vogel began his career at Universal in 1940 as an assistant editor. He worked as an editor for many years, although by the mid-'50s he had begun to tire of the job and pressed Universal executive Edward Muhl for a shot at directing. Vogel was handed The Mole People (1956) with John Agar, ...

2. Paul Henreid

Actor | Casablanca

Paul Henreid was born Paul Georg Julius Freiherr von Hernreid Ritter von Wasel-Waldingau in Trieste, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the son of Marie Luise Heilig (Lendecke) and Baron Karl Alphons Hernreid. His father was an aristocratic banker, who was born to a Jewish family whose surname ...

3. John Llewellyn Moxey

Director | The Avengers

Back in the days when ships burned coal, John Moxey's family had a coal/steel business with depots all over the world; he was born in 1925 in Argentina, where his father was running one of the firm's stations. Moxey knew from childhood that he was cut out for a job in the picture business and, ...

4. John Rich

Director | All in the Family

John Rich was born on July 6, 1925 in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for All in the Family (1971), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and On the Rocks (1975). He was married to Patricia Dodds, Andrea L. Rich and Sylvia Lewis. He died on ...

5. George Schaefer

Director | CBS Playhouse

George Schaefer was born on December 16, 1920 in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA as George Louis Schaefer. He was a director and producer, known for CBS Playhouse (1967), Macbeth (1960) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). He was married to Mildred Trares. He died on September 10, 1997 in Los Angeles, ...

6. Boris Sagal

Director | The Omega Man

Boris Sagal was born on October 18, 1923 in Yekaterinoslav, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Bernard Louis Sagal. He was a director and writer, known for The Ωmega Man (1971), The Name of the Game (1968) and Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). He was married to Marge Champion and Sara Macon. He died on May 22, ...

7. Earl Bellamy

Assistant_director | From Here to Eternity

Directed more than 1,600 episodes of television. Graduated from Hollywood High School in 1935 and got a job as a messenger at Columbia Studios, working his way up to second assistant director by 1939. Served in the U.S. Navy's photographic unit near the end of World War II.

8. Waris Hussein

Director | The Possession of Joel Delaney

Born in Lucknow, India, Waris Hussein moved to England at age nine with his parents. He later attended Cambridge and at 21 started as a trainee director with BBC, where his mother, the late Attia Hussein, worked. In addition to reading news in Hindi, she was also the station's dramatic star--...

9. Walter Grauman

Director | Blue Light

Walter Grauman was born on March 17, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Walter Eliott Grauman. He was a director and producer, known for Blue Light (1966), The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970) and I Deal in Danger (1966). He was married to Margaret (Peggy) Buckley Parker, Joan Taylor and Suzanne ...

10. Ken Burns

Producer | The Central Park Five

Celebrated American documentarian who gradually amassed a considerable reputation and a devoted audience with a series of reassuringly traditional meditations on Americana. Burns' works are treasure troves of archival materials; he skillfully utilizes period music and footage, photographs, ...

11. Alexander Singer

Producer | The Killing

Alexander Singer was born on April 18, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and assistant director, known for The Killing (1956), The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969) and Remington Steele (1982). He has been married to Judy Singer since 1950.

12. Daniel Petrie

Director | The Bay Boy

Daniel Petrie was born on November 26, 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada as Daniel Mannix Petrie. He was a director and producer, known for The Bay Boy (1984), A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and The Assistant (1997). He was married to Dorothea G. Petrie. He died on August 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, ...

13. Fielder Cook

Director | Brigadoon

Emmy Award-winner Fielder Cook was a top television director who got his start in the early days of television, when he went to work for Lux Video Theatre (1950) in 1950. Other live-TV omnibus series that he worked on included Studio One in Hollywood (1948) and The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956), for ...

14. Joseph Pevney

Director | Star Trek

Joseph Pevney was born on September 15, 1911 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and actor, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). He was married to Margo Pevney, Philippa Hilber and Mitzi Green. He died on ...

15. Joseph Sargent

Director | Jaws: The Revenge

Joseph Sargent was born on July 22, 1925 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Giuseppe Daniele Sorgente. He was a director and actor, known for Jaws: The Revenge (1987), Nightmares (1983) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). He was married to Carolyn Nelson and Mary Carver. He died on December ...

16. Paul Wendkos

Director | The Brotherhood of the Bell

He graduated from Columbia University in New York City and studied film at the New School in New York City.

17. Robert Day

Director | The Big Game

Robert Day worked his way up from clapper boy to camera operator to full-fledged lensman in his native England before giving directing a shot in the mid-1950s. His first film as director, the black-comic The Green Man (1956) for the writer-producer team of 'Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, ...

18. Don Medford

Director | The Twilight Zone

Don Medford was born on November 26, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donald Muller. He was a director and producer, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), Baretta (1975) and To Trap a Spy (1964). He was married to Patti Crowe and Lynn Parker. He died on December 12, 2012 in West Hills, Los Angeles, ...

19. Ted Post

Director | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Ted Post first began thinking about a career in show business in 1938, when he was working as a weekend usher at the Loew's Pitkin Theater in Brooklyn, New York, and getting so caught up in the movies that he would sometimes forget to escort the patrons to their seats. He received some acting ...

20. David Lowell Rich

Director | The Concorde... Airport '79

Under-rated producer and director of the 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1960s he directed episodes of several cult TV shows including one episode of The Twilight Zone.

In the 1970s he got caught up in the disaster movie craze by putting out atleast five disaster films, four for TV and one feature (The ...

21. Buzz Kulik

Director | To Find a Man

After service in World War II, New York-born Buzz Kulik joined an advertising agency as a producer-director of TV commercials. After a few years he left the agency and became a television director during the period known as "The Golden Age of Television"; Kulik directed many episodes of such highly...

22. Hy Averback

Director | M*A*S*H

Hy Averback was born on October 21, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was a director and producer, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Real McCoys (1957) and The Tom Ewell Show (1960). He was married to Dorothy Averback. He died on October 14, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Bernard Girard

Director | Playhouse 90

Entering films as a screenwriter in 1950, Bernard Girard made his directorial debut in 1957. His film career has been sporadic, as he concentrated mostly on television. He did make a splash with a stylish comedy/thriller, Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), but the majority of his film output has...

24. Marvin J. Chomsky

Director | Holocaust

Marvin J. Chomsky was born on May 23, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Holocaust (1978), Peter the Great (1986) and Billionaire Boys Club (1987).

25. William A. Graham

Director | Return to the Blue Lagoon

William A. Graham was born on May 15, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), CBS Playhouse (1967) and Play of the Week (1959). He was married to Janet Graham and Betty Graham. He died on September 12, 2013 in Malibu, ...

26. Douglas Heyes

Writer | Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers

Douglas Heyes was born on May 22, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Douglas Howard Heyes. He was a writer and producer, known for Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956), The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) and Maverick (1957). He was married to Joanna Heyes. He died on February 8, 1993 in ...

27. Don Taylor

Actor | Stalag 17

Born in Freeport, Pennsylvania, Don Taylor studied law, then speech and drama at Penn State University, where as a freshman he began taking part in college stage productions. Hitchhiking to Hollywood in 1942, the youthful Taylor screen-tested at Warner Brothers but was rejected because of his draft...

28. Peter Tewksbury

Director | Father Knows Best

Retired from show business, Henry Tewksbury and his wife relocated to Vermont, where he is known as "Henry the Cheeseman" at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, and has written a book, "The Cheeses of Vermont" A interview of Henry and the food co-op was shown on the Boston's local program "Chronicle", 2-18...

29. Paul Bogart

Director | CBS Playhouse

Paul Bogart was born on November 13, 1919 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Paul Bogoff. He was a director and producer, known for CBS Playhouse (1967), All in the Family (1971) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988). He was married to Alma Jane Gitnick. He died on April 15, 2012 in ...

30. David Greene

Director | Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew

David Greene had a varied early career, beginning with his first job as junior reporter for the Walthamstow Guardian. Life as a journalist was not to be his forte, however. During the years spanning the mid- to late 1930's, he tried his luck variously in the furniture removal business, as a deck ...

31. Lamont Johnson

Director | Wallenberg: A Hero's Story

Lamont Johnson was born on September 30, 1922 in Stockton, California, USA as Ernest Lamont Johnson Jr. He was a director and actor, known for Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985), Lincoln (1988) and That Certain Summer (1972). He was married to Tony Johnson. He died on October 24, 2010 in Monterey, ...

32. John Korty

Director | The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

John Korty was born on June 22, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is known for his work on The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), Farewell to Manzanar (1976) and Who Are the DeBolts? and Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? (1977).

33. Clive Donner

Director | The Caretaker

British director Clive Donner was born in West Hampstead, London, England. By age 18 he was already working in the film business, as an office clerk at Denham Studios. He eventually became an editor and then graduated to the director's chair. After making a series of TV commercials, he made his ...

34. Richard C. Sarafian

Director | Vanishing Point

Richard C. Sarafian was born on April 28, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Caspar Sarafian. He was a director and actor, known for Vanishing Point (1971), The Next Man (1976) and Bound (1996). He was married to Helen Joan Altman. He died on September 18, 2013 in Santa Monica, ...

35. Lee H. Katzin

Director | Mission: Impossible

Lee H. Katzin started directing features in the late 1960s. Turning to made-for-television movies, he became one of the busiest directors in that genre, churning out a slew of mostly routine fodder. Every so often, however, one would rise above the rest: Along Came a Spider (1970) is a tense, ...

36. Christian Nyby

Editor | Red River

Christian Nyby, the television and movie director who achieved acclaim as a film editor before moving into the director's chair, was born on September 1, 1913, in Los Angeles, California. He made his reputation as a cutter during the 1940s, when he worked with the great helmer Howard Hawks, winning...

37. Lewis Allen

Director | The 20th Century-Fox Hour

Born in England on Christmas Day, 1905, Lewis Allen first came on the show-biz scene when he was appointed executive in charge of West End and Broadway stage productions for famed impresario Gilbert Miller. Allen also co-directed some of the productions (including the celebrated "Victoria Regina" ...



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