Bill Persky

Emmy Award-winning television writer, producer, and director Bill Persky had a storied career behind the scenes, predominantly in the 1960s and 1980s. As a young sitcom writer, he came aboard "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1931

Filmography

Director (40)

Alice 1966 - 1971, 1975 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Husbands, Wives and Lovers 1975 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Joe and Valerie 1975 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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Semi-Tough 1975 - 1976, 1978 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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Spencer 1975 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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That Girl 1966 - 1971, 1975 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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The Betty White Show 1975 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 1975 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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Who's the Boss? 1975 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1992 (Tv Show)

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Baker's Dozen 1981 - 1987, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

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Kate & Allie 1975 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1990 (Tv Show)

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Knight & Daye 1975 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1990 (Tv Show)

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The Montefuscos 1975 - 1976, 1981 - 1990 (Tv Show)

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The Waverly Wonders 1975 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1990 (Tv Show)

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Found Money 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Not in Front of the Kids 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Johnny Garage 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Sutters Bay 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Comedy of Horrors 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Love at First Sight 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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My Wife Next Door 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Rise and Shine 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Semi-Tough 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Serial 1980 (Movie)

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The Single Life 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Almost Heaven 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Me and Ducky 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Big City Boys 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Alan King's Final Warning 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Husbands and Wives 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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My Wife Next Door 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Big Eddie 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Bobby Parker and Company 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Boys 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Ted Bessell Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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How to Pick Up Girls! (TV Show)

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Roll, Freddy, Roll! (TV Show)

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Producer (13)

News at Twelve 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Eddie 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Confessions of Dick Van Dyke 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Lotsa Luck 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Funny Side 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The First Nine Months Are the Hardest 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Pure Goldie 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer

Three For Tahiti 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer

The Bill Cosby Special (TV Show)

Producer

Working It Out (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (5)

Dudley 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

Water 1986 (Movie)

("Cascaran National Anthem" "Listen to My Song" "Black Gold" "Protest") (From Story)

Water 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fabulous Funnies 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer

The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (3)

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

That Girl 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Water 1986 (Movie)

Television Director (Actor)

Biography

Emmy Award-winning television writer, producer, and director Bill Persky had a storied career behind the scenes, predominantly in the 1960s and 1980s. As a young sitcom writer, he came aboard "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on CBS in 1963. He won two Emmys for co-writing specific episodes for the series, which concluded in 1966. He served as a producer for its final season. He then worked to develop a show with former writing partner Sam Denoff, entitled "That Girl", an ABC sitcom starring Marlo Thomas as an aspiring actress attempting to fulfill her dream of stardom in Manhattan. The show, which Persky also executive produced and produced, ended its five-season run in 1971. Persky produced a variety of TV specials until a new idea came along in the 1980s: "Kate & Allie" was a CBS sitcom about two childhood female friends who share a Greenwich Village apartment after their divorces. Although Persky didn't develop the show, he served as a director and producer on most episodes. He won an Emmy in its first season for directing. When the show dropped in ratings in 1989, CBS canceled it. Persky attempted to work again with "Kate & Allie" actress Jane Curtin on "Working It Out", a 1990 NBC sitcom he created. It lasted half a season and Persky retired from the business shortly afterward.

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