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      Gary Nelson

      Gary Nelson

      Highest Rated: 71% Freaky Friday (1976)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)

      Birthday: Oct 6, 1934

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Director Gary Nelson's five decades in television began with episodes of such classic 1960s comedies as "Gilligan's Island," the spy farce "Get Smart," the Civil-War-era sitcom F Troop, and the disc-jockey jamboree "Good Morning, World." Concurrently, he emerged as one of the leading directors of Westerns, consistently helming such series as "Shane," "Gunsmoke," and "Have Gun - Will Travel," as well as making his film debut with the Sam-Elliott-starring "Molly and Lawless John" (1972). His involvement with the long-running program "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" led to his directing of the Disney feature films "The Black Hole," a rousing sci-fi adventure, and "Freaky Friday" (1976), a famous body-swap comedy that benefitted from Nelson's sense of familial dynamics. In the '80s, Nelson returned to television almost exclusively, parlaying his penchant for Westerns into a spate of modern-day law-enforcement shows such as "Lady Blue," "Boys in Blue," and "Revolver." Nelson retired in 2000 after directing 19 episodes of the clairvoyance-centered drama "Early Edition." Gary Neslon died May 25, 2022 at the age of 87.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Melanie Darrow Director - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Director - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Company Director - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Ironside Director - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Director - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Revolver Director - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sands of Time Director - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Memories of Midnight Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hit Man Director - 1991
      No Score Yet 62% The Lookalike Director - 1990
      No Score Yet 57% Get Smart, Again! Director - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shooter Director - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story: The Watch Commander Director - 1988
      40% 21% Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Director $2.0M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston Knights Director - 1987
      No Score Yet 35% Murder in Three Acts Director - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Blue Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 75% The Baron and the Kid Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: More Than Murder Director - 1984
      No Score Yet 73% Murder in Coweta County Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Me, Murder You Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love and Honor Director - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy the Kid Director - 1982
      No Score Yet 79% The Pride of Jesse Hallam Director - 1981
      43% 45% The Black Hole Director - 1979
      71% 57% Freaky Friday Director - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Panache Director - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boy Who Talked to Badgers Director - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Medical Story Director - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl on the Late, Late Show Director - 1974
      No Score Yet 22% Santee Director - 1973
      No Score Yet 29% Molly and Lawless John Director - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boy From Dead Man's Bayou Director - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Director 1997-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nutt House Director 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston Knights Director 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love and Honor Director 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Washington: Behind Closed Doors Director 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Director 1974 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam's Rib Director 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Director 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Director 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Director 1970-1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, American Style Director 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Director 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Director 1968-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Director 1968-1969
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Director 1966-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Director 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Director 1967-1968
      90% 69% Gilligan's Island Director 1965-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Director 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Director 1965-1966
      No Score Yet 54% I Dream of Jeannie Director 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Director 1965
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Director 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Director 1962-1963