Vale: James Sheldon

Prolific US director who has directed 1,200 episodes of television drama has died.


Prolific US director James Sheldon who has directed 1,200 episodes of television drama has died, aged 95.

He died of complications from cancer at his Manhattan home earlier this month.

His CV is chockful of famed US titles including The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive and Batman. He helmed 44 episodes of The Millionaire, an entire season of The Bing Crosby Show, several episodes of Room 222, Love, American Style, That Girl, My Three Sons and the pilot of Family Affair.

Sheldon had a unique role in the career of James Dean, who he directed in Harvest, a Thanksgiving family drama and recommended him to star in series I Remember Mama after the show’s star Dick Van Patten was set to leave for military service — however, Van Patten was declared unfit for service and stayed with the series.

Among Sheldon’s many other credits are The Virginian, Death Valley Days, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Wagon Train, Zane Grey Theatre, Studio 57, Naked City, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, The Waltons, M*A*S*H* and Cagney & Lacey.

Source: Variety

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