David Greene

Director, Actor
This Emmy-winning British director, whose work includes landmark '70s miniseries "Roots" and "Rich Man, Poor Man," was born in Manchester, England. He began his showbiz career as an actor, appearing in the Stateside ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1923 in England, GB

Filmography

Director (51)

History of the Joke 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

The Girl Next Door 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Bella Mafia 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957, 1961 - 1965, 1970 - 1972, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Defenders 1961 - 1965, 1971 - 1972, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Persuaders! 1964 - 1965, 1971 - 1972, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Strange Report 1956 - 1957, 1961 - 1965, 1970 - 1972, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Children of the Dust 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Spoils of War 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Night of the Hunter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Inherit the Wind 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

Sweet Revenge 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

The Guardian 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

Hard Country 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Choice 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

Gray Lady Down 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Lucan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

Ellery Queen 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

The Count of Monte Cristo 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Godspell 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

I Start Counting 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The People Next Door 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The People Next Door 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Director

Sebastian 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

... And Then She Was Gone (TV Show)

Director

A Vacation in Hell (TV Show)

Director

After the Promise (TV Show)

Director

Beyond Obsession (TV Show)

Director

Friendly Fire (TV Show)

Director

Frostfire (TV Show)

Director

Ghost Dancing (TV Show)

Director

Guilty Conscience (TV Show)

Director

Honor Thy Mother (TV Show)

Director

Liberace: Behind the Music (TV Show)

Director

Madame Sin (TV Show)

Director

Miles to Go (TV Show)

Director

Princess in Love (TV Show)

Director

Prototype (TV Show)

Director

Red Earth, White Earth (TV Show)

Director

Rehearsal For Murder (TV Show)

Director

Take Your Best Shot (TV Show)

Director

The Betty Ford Story (TV Show)

Director

The Penthouse (TV Show)

Director

This Child Is Mine (TV Show)

Director

Triplecross (TV Show)

Director

Vanishing Act (TV Show)

Director
Producer (8)

El Sol y la Luna 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Survivalist 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Marriage 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sudden Death 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hard Country 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Act 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Start Counting 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lucan (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (1)

Godspell 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Redemption (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Actor (1)

Robert Reed: Unfinished Business 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This Emmy-winning British director, whose work includes landmark '70s miniseries "Roots" and "Rich Man, Poor Man," was born in Manchester, England. He began his showbiz career as an actor, appearing in the Stateside tour of "Antony and Cleopatra" with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1951. After the production's close, he stayed in North America, pursuing work as a helmer in Canada and later the U.S.

He began directing TV episodes of "Playhouse 90" in the 1950s and later worked on such series as "The Twilight Zone" ("A Piano in the House"), "The Defenders," "The Nurse" and "The Saint." In the mid-'60s, he directed his first feature, the deranged-twin-sister-in-the-attic horror film "The Shuttered Room" (1967), with Gig Young and Oliver Reed. He followed up with spy spoof "Sebastian" (1968), with Dirk Bogarde and John Gielgud; gritty cop drama "The Strange Affair" (1968), co-starring Michael York and Susan George; and 1969 slasher pic "I Start Counting," featuring Jenny Agutter. In 1970 he helmed "The People Next Door," about a couple with a drug-addicted daughter. He returned to the bigscreen for the adaptation of legit tuner "Godspell" (1973), which he also co-wrote. After 1975 telepic "The Count of Monte Cristo," Greene directed four segments of eight-parter "Rich Man, Poor Man." (Boris Sagal helmed the other four.) He followed that by directing the first episode of "Roots," the adaptation of Alex Halley's book that ran for eight consecutive nights on ABC in 1977 and was viewed by a record 100 million people. His work brought him one of his several Emmys.

In 1979, Greene would win another Emmy for "Friendly Fire," a drama about parents (Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty) trying to find out about how their son died in Vietnam. He then worked on such fact-based projects as "Fatal Vision" (1984), "The Betty Ford Story" (1987), the Liberace segment of "Behind the Music" in 1998 and "Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story" in 1992. He continued to direct into his mid-70s. At age 82, Greene died on April 7 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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