Reza Badiyi, a US director who set a Directors Guild of America record for directing the most hours of episodic series television, has died. He was 81.
Among his long list of credits are Get Smart, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Mission Impossible, The Rockford Files, Baretta, Mannix, Starsky and Hutch, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, Cagney & Lacey, Falcon Crest, In the Heat of the Night, Baywatch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
He also directed episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O and The Mary Tyler Moore Show and was involved in the creation of both shows’ memorable title sequences.
In 1998, Badiyi achieved a Directors Guild milestone for directing the most hours of episodic series television when he finished his 400th TV episode, on the sci-fi series Sliders.
Iranian-born Badiyi launched his filmmaking career making documentaries in Iran before moving to the United States in 1955. He began directing for TV in the late 1960s.
His final project was the telemovie The Way Back Home in 2006.
Source: LA Times