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      John Erman

      John Erman

      Highest Rated: 29% Stella (1990)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Making It (1971)

      Birthday: Aug 3, 1935

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      John Erman got his start in the late '50s as an actor, taking bit parts in films, including "The Benny Goodman Story" with Steve Allen and Donna Reed. It was but a prelude to Erman's real calling--directing. He made his directorial debut in 1963, directing and producing an episode of the short-lived rodeo-themed series "Stoney Burke." He quickly followed this by directing single episodes of two of the better programs of the day: the sci-fi anthology show "The Outer Limits" and the popular suspense series "The Fugitive." Over the next 15 years, Erman would fill his directing resume with dozens of high-quality programs, including "My Favorite Martian," "Star Trek," and "M*A*S*H." His career would take a turn after he helmed the groundbreaking miniseries "Roots" in 1977. Adapted from the Alex Haley book about the lives of black American slaves, "Roots" was a runaway hit, receiving record-breaking Nielsen ratings and no less than 36 Emmy nominations. Afterwards, Erman would focus almost entirely on TV movies and miniseries, specializing in weighty subject matter and serious issues. He has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards but has taken home only one, for the 1983 TV movie "Who Will Love My Children" starring Ann-Margret. The Chicago-born director has also won awards from the Directors Guild of America for "Roots" and for "Early Frost," a 1985 drama starring Aidan Quinn as a young man with AIDS. John Erman died on June 25, 2021 in New York, NY at the age of 85.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 71% Candles on Bay Street Director,
      Producer
      - 2006
      No Score Yet 50% The Blackwater Lightship Director,
      Producer
      - 2004
      No Score Yet 78% Victoria & Albert Director - 2001
      No Score Yet 40% The Sunshine Boys Director,
      Producer
      - 1997
      No Score Yet 50% Ellen Foster Director,
      Producer
      - 1997
      No Score Yet 88% The Boys Next Door Director,
      Producer
      - 1996
      No Score Yet 57% Breathing Lessons Director,
      Producer
      - 1994
      No Score Yet 71% Our Sons Director - 1991
      No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons Director - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last to Go Director - 1991
      29% 76% Stella Director $20.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Best Year Director - 1990
      No Score Yet 86% David Director - 1988
      No Score Yet 50% The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Director - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When the Time Comes Director - 1987
      No Score Yet 75% Right to Kill? Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 72% An Early Frost Director - 1985
      No Score Yet 71% A Streetcar Named Desire Director - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Woman's Child Director - 1983
      No Score Yet 58% Who Will Love My Children? Director - 1983
      No Score Yet 67% Eleanor, First Lady of the World Director - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Letter Director - 1982
      No Score Yet 50% This Year's Blonde Director - 1980
      No Score Yet 64% The Scarlett O'Hara War Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Lovers Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Old Man Director - 1979
      No Score Yet 81% Child of Glass Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Me and You Director - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Director - 1977
      No Score Yet 67% Green Eyes Director,
      Producer
      - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Search for Green Eyes Director - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Letters From Three Lovers Director - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies Director - 1973
      17% No Score Yet Making It Director - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Producer,
      Director
      1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Director 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlett Director 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alex Haley's Queen Director 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders Director 1985
      76% 68% Roots Director 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Director 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Director 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Director 1969-1970 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl With Something Extra Director 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Director 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Director 1968-1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Director 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Director 1968
      80% 89% Star Trek Director 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second Hundred Years Director 1967-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Director 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Director 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Director 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Director 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1964
      92% 86% The Outer Limits Director 1963