Gordon Hessler

Prolific German-born director Gordon Hessler lived in England before moving to the United States as a teenager. He got his start in film working in documentaries until Universal Pictures hired him to work on the horror ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1930

Filmography

Director (33)

Bad Blood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Out on Bail 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl in a Swing 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Misfit Brigade 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Rage of Honor 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965, 1974 - 1979, 1981 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

The Blue Knight 1974 - 1979, 1981 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

The Master 1974 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

Wonder Woman 1974 - 1979, 1981 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Director

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Sara 1974 - 1976, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Shannon 1974 - 1975, 1978 - 1979, 1981 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Director

Attack of the Phantoms 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

Little Women 1974 - 1975, 1978 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Director

Amy Prentiss 1974 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Betrayal 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Embassy 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Murders in the Rue Morgue 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Cry of the Banshee 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Scream and Scream Again 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Oblong Box 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

A Cry in the Wilderness (TV Show)

Director

Hitchhike! (TV Show)

Director

Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Show)

Director

Secrets of Three Hungry Wives (TV Show)

Director

Skyway to Death (TV Show)

Director

Tales of the Haunted (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

The Oblong Box 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Prolific German-born director Gordon Hessler lived in England before moving to the United States as a teenager. He got his start in film working in documentaries until Universal Pictures hired him to work on the horror anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour". Hessler worked diligently and earned a string of promotions that bumped him from story reader to associate producer to director and finally to full-fledged producer by 1964. While Hessler explored producing throughout the '60s, directing became his true passion. In 1965, Hessler debuted his first feature film, "The Woman Who Wouldn't Die", a macabre tale of resurrection based on a novelette the Hitchcock series had failed to adapt. Hessler built a name for himself in the horror genre, helming such films as the Vincent Price vehicle "The Oblong Box", which centered on an aristocrat whose maniacal disfigured brother runs amok, and the witches' coven tale "Cry of the Banshee". Hessler also directed the stop-motion classic "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" in 1974. Though best known for his B movies, Hessler was also a successful television director, having helmed such popular series as the sun-soaked cop drama "Hawaii Five-O", the superhero series "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman", and the Highway Patrol crime drama "CHiPs". After having served as director on 45 productions, Hessler walked away from directing in the '90s, though he has granted several onscreen interviews regarding his work since then.

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