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      James Frawley

      James Frawley

      Highest Rated: 88% The Muppet Movie (1979)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Kid Blue (1973)

      Birthday: Sep 29, 1936

      Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

      A prolific director for television for over four decades, James Frawley was behind the camera for countless series, from "The Monkees" (NBC 1966-68), "Columbo" (NBC 1968-1978) and "Cagney and Lacey" (CBS 1981-88), as well as the occasional feature film, the best known and loved of which was "The Muppet Movie" (1979). Frawley was initially an actor, appearing on Broadway and with the iconic improv group The Premise. The latter would prove instrumental in his subsequent career as a director: producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider sought out his comic skills for "The Monkees," while Jim Henson saw in his comedy and technical background the perfect choice to helm "The Muppet Movie." The success of these and other projects kept Frawley busy for nearly a half-century as a director for television, garnering an Emmy win and three nominations along the way before his retirement in 2009. Frawley's vast body of work and impact on some of the most popular television series of the late 20th century virtually ensured his status as one of the medium's most prolific and influential directors.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 61% Nancy Drew Director - 2002
      No Score Yet 72% The Three Stooges Director - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Headmistress Director - 1998
      No Score Yet 66% On the 2nd Day of Christmas Director - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of the Mind Director - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harrison: Cry of the City Director - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shamrock Conspiracy Director - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Run: Another Midnight Run Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The Return Director - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Heart Director - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows Director - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective Director - 1989
      No Score Yet 73% Columbo: Murder, A Self-Portrait Director - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs Director - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault and Matrimony Director - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Warm Hearts, Cold Feet Director - 1987
      No Score Yet 35% Fraternity Vacation Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outlaws Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hansel and Gretel Director - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great American Traffic Jam Director - 1980
      88% 88% The Muppet Movie Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare in Pendragon's Castle Director - 1978
      64% 56% The Big Bus Director - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Delancey Street: The Crisis Within Director - 1975
      50% 62% Kid Blue Director - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christian Licorice Store Director - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Troublemaker Sal Kelly / Sol Kelly / Judge Kelly (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 88% Ladybug, Ladybug Truck Driver (Character) - 1963

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Director 2008-2009
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Director 2007-2008
      68% No Score Yet Dirty Sexy Money Director 2007
      39% No Score Yet Notes From the Underbelly Director 2007
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Director 2005-2007
      40% No Score Yet In Justice Director 2006
      33% No Score Yet Related Director 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Director 1999 2002-2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Director,
      Writer
      2001
      78% 69% Smallville Director 2001
      23% No Score Yet Kate Brasher Director 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 2000-2001
      83% No Score Yet That's Life Director 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack & Jill Director 1999
      19% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Director 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Director 1996
      63% 100% American Gothic Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director
      1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Park West Director 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Director 1991
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Director 1978 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey Screenwriter,
      Director
      1984-1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Director 1984
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Director 1982-1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Director 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Director 1967-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Pete (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Joe Galardi (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason District Attorney Alvarez (Guest Star) 1965
      92% 86% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Furnas (Guest Star) 1964