Greg Garrison

Director, Producer
A pioneering TV producer and director who helmed nearly 4,000 shows in his career and worked with such stars as Jack Benny, George Burns and Lucille Ball in a 40-year career, Greg Garrison was perhaps best known as the ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1924

Filmography

Director (35)

Bachelor Father 1947 - 1955, 1957 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast 1963 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Texaco Star Theater 1947 - 1955, 1963 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Danny Kaye Show 1953 - 1955, 1963 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dean Martin Show 1963 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dom DeLuise Show 1965 - 1969, 1972 - 1975, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Kraft Music Hall 1947 - 1955, 1957 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Milton Berle Show 1953 - 1955, 1963 - 1979, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Sid Caesar Show 1963 - 1977, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

The Vic Damone Show 1965 - 1975, 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 4 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 3 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

Dean Martin in London 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 2 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Dom DeLuise and Friends 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Dean Martin at the Wild Animal Park 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Dean Martin's Comedy Classics 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Ladies and Gentleman... Bob Newhart, Part II 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

The Dean Martin Christmas Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

Highlights of the Dean Martin Roasts 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Ladies and Gentleman... Bob Newhart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Dean Martin's Christmas in California 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals Part 2 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director

Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Dean Martin's California Christmas 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director

Dean's Place 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director

The Rowan and Martin Show 1965 - 1969, 1973 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

What's Up, America? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Director

Hey, Let's Twist! 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Donald O'Connor Show 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Director

Jack Paar Presents 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (9)

Dean Martin's Christmas at Sea World 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dean Martin's Comedy World 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Dean Martin Presents Music Country, U.S.A. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

The Powder Room 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Country Happening 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer

The Wonderful World of Girls 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer
Art Department (3)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1947 - 1955, 1957 - 1979, 1987 - 1988, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Set Decorator

A Fire in the Sky (TV Show)

Set Decorator

Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV Show)

Set Decorator
Actor (2)

Mike Wallace: TV's Grand Inquisitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rape on Trial 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A pioneering TV producer and director who helmed nearly 4,000 shows in his career and worked with such stars as Jack Benny, George Burns and Lucille Ball in a 40-year career, Greg Garrison was perhaps best known as the man who did the heavy lifting behind the charming and seemingly effortless "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC, 1965 to 1974) and Martin's popular "Celebrity Roast" specials (NBC, 1974-1979).

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school to fly combat missions with the Army Air Force during World War II

Milestones

1984

Directed Martin's last TV outing, the Showtime concert "Dean Martin in London"

1983

Teamed with the Martin show regular Dom DeLuise to executive produce the "Dom DeLuise & Friends" TV specials (ABC), and the subsequent short-lived syndicated sit-com "The Dom DeLuise Show" (1987-1988)

1980

Directed the "Dean Martin Christmas Special" (NBC)

1976

Executive produced and helmed the special "NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look," a celebration of 50 years of NBC broadcasting in radio and television

1974

Directed Dean Martin's popular "Celebrity Roast" specials (NBC) for such top stars as Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald

1966

Produced "The Rowan & Martin Show" (NBC), a variety series that would serve as the prototype for the hugley popular 1968 follow-up "Laugh-In"

1965

Produced and directed "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC)

1960

Directed television's presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon

1951

Directed "The Kate Smith Evening Hour," a live program that aired five times a week

1950

Brought to New York by the legendary producer Max Liebman and NBC executive Sylvester "Pat" Weaver to direct "Your Show of Shows"

1949

Directed the police drama "Stand by for Crime," starring a young actor named Myron Wallace, better known as "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace

1948

Directed television coverage of the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Directed the TV specials starring Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Jack Benny, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart and Jonathan Winters

Produced the variety series for singer Vic Damone (1971) and comedian Marty Feldman (1972)

Began TV career as a "gofer" for WFIL-TV in Philadelphia

Had stints directing "The Milton Berle Show" and "Ford Television Theatre" in the 1950s

Directed the features "Hey, Let's Twist" (1961) and the musical comedy "Two Tickets to Paris" (1962)

Helmed the spin-offs "The Dean Martin Summer Show" (NBC, 1967), and "Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers" (NBC, 1968-1970)

Bonus Trivia

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"Everybody would stop, nobody moved. You just listened as he told you what the plan was, and it was great. DeLuise recalled. "I'm sure he's directing all the angels in heaven, saying, 'One voice, mine.'"---Dom DeLuise on Garrison to The Associated Press, April 4, 2005.

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