Bruce Kessler

Bruce Kessler was an up-and-coming race car driver--he drove for Porsche at LeMans in 1957--before suffering a head injury at the 1959 Examiner Grand Prix. Doctors said the young driver couldn't race for a year, so the ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1936

Filmography

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B.J. and the Bear 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Baretta 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Barnaby Jones 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Knight Rider 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Marcus Welby, M.D. 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The New Mike Hammer 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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California Fever 1966 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Chicago Story 1966 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Enos 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Hardball 1966 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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McClain's Law 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Switch 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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The Commish 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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The Greatest American Hero 1966 - 1978, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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The Master 1966 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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The Hat Squad 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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Traps 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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Code R 1966 - 1968, 1970 - 1977, 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Freebie and the Bean 1966 - 1968, 1970 - 1977, 1980 - 1981, 1985 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Hardcastle and McCormick 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Hunter 1966 - 1968, 1970 - 1977, 1980 - 1981, 1984 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Ironside 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Lobo 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Riptide 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The A-Team 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The Fall Guy 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The Last Precinct 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The Quest 1966 - 1977, 1980 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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Border Pals 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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McCloud 1966 - 1967, 1970 - 1977 (Tv Show)

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The Monkees 1966 - 1968, 1970 - 1977 (Tv Show)

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Simon, King of the Witches 1971 (Movie)

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The Gay Deceivers 1969 (Movie)

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Angels From Hell 1968 (Movie)

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Killers Three 1967 (Movie)

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Red Line 7000 1965 (Movie)

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Cruise into Terror (TV Show)

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Deathmoon (TV Show)

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Murder in Peyton Place (TV Show)

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The Two-Five (TV Show)

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Wonder Woman 1966 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Biography

Bruce Kessler was an up-and-coming race car driver--he drove for Porsche at LeMans in 1957--before suffering a head injury at the 1959 Examiner Grand Prix. Doctors said the young driver couldn't race for a year, so the 22-year-old went to Hollywood as a technical adviser, helping movie directors film race footage and stage high-speed chases. (Among those Kessler benefited: Arthur Penn and his 1967 crime classic, "Bonnie and Clyde.") Kessler became an understudy to legendary "Rio Bravo" director Howard Hawks, a race-car driving enthusiast, who gave Kessler the education and connections to direct. Kessler started off helming B movies such as the draft-dodging comedy "The Gay Deceivers" and "Killers Three," a heist drama starring--no kidding--New Year's Eve icon Dick Clark. Tired of the critical pounding and wanting more time to sail, Kessler, an accomplished seaman, became a full-time television director in the 1970s, where he worked on everything from "The Rockford Files" to "Baywatch Nights" before retiring in 1997.

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