Don Chaffey

Director, Production designer, Artist
Don Chaffey was a British feature film and television director. After World War II, he got his start working as an art director for an independent studio, then in the early 1950s, he started directing short films and ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1917 in Hastings, England, GB

Filmography

Director (28)

Dentist in the Chair 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Born to Run 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Charlie's Angels 1957 - 1958, 1967 - 1969, 1976 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Hotel 1957 - 1958, 1967 - 1969, 1981 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

T.J. Hooker 1957 - 1958, 1967 - 1969, 1981 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Finder of Lost Loves 1967 - 1969, 1981 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Ivanhoe 1957 - 1958, 1967 - 1969, 1981 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

Strike Force 1967 - 1969, 1981 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

The Prisoner 1967 - 1969, 1982 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

The Renegades 1982 - 1983 (Tv Show)

Director

Riding For the Pony Express 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

Casino 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Chomps 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gift of Love 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

Pete's Dragon 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fourth Wish 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Persecution 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Charley-One-Eye 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Creatures the World Forgot 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

One Million Years B.C. 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Jason and the Argonauts 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Three Lives of Thomasina 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Webster Boy 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Danger Within 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Upstairs 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

International Airport (TV Show)

Director

Lassie: The New Beginning (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Don Chaffey was a British feature film and television director. After World War II, he got his start working as an art director for an independent studio, then in the early 1950s, he started directing short films and B-movie crime productions that were not quite feature length and were usually paired with a main attraction. As the decade stretched on, Chaffey worked regularly in television, including gigs directing episodes of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "The New Adventures of Charlie Chan." In the 1960s, Chaffey would direct some of the most celebrated episodes for the cult television series "The Prisoner," starring Patrick McGoohan, as well as episodes for the swinging spy adventure show, "The Avengers," with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. Chaffey frequently worked in the fantasy genre on the big screen as well, and his work in the lavish mythological adventure film "Jason and the Argonauts," featuring the stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, is generally considered to be one of his best films. Harryhausen and Chaffey teamed up again a few years later for the prehistoric adventure film "One Million Years B.C.," starring Raquel Welch. "The Viking Queen" and "Creatures the World Forgot," two more pulpy adventure movies set in the far past, followed. But for many viewers, Chaffey's most notable work might be his work for Disney, including "The Three Lives of Thomasina" and the live action/animated musical "Pete's Dragon."

Relationships

Nicolette Chaffey-Murray

Daughter
owner-producer, Theater/Theatre in Los Angeles

Paula Kelly

Wife

Milestones

1950

Moved to Gaumont where directed first documentary, "The Mysterious Poacher"

1943

Made assistant in art department Gainsborough Pictures

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