Jack Smight

Director, TV director
Prolific director Jack Smight moved nimbly between film and television productions with a passion for quirky, even macabre, fare. Nevertheless, he achieved greater fame for his action films of the 1970s. Smight enrolled ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Director (33)

La Nuit du serail 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Number One With a Bullet 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965, 1970 - 1978, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Columbo 1971 - 1978, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Dalton's Code of Vengeance 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Frankenstein: The True Story 1973 - 1974, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Madigan 1972 - 1974, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

McCloud 1970 - 1978, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Route 66 1955 - 1965, 1970 - 1978, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

The Defenders 1961 - 1965, 1970 - 1978, 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Director

Remembrance of Love 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

Loving Couples 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Fast Break 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Damnation Alley 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Double Indemnity 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

Linda 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

Partners in Crime 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

Banacek: Detour to Nowhere 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director

Rabbit, Run 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Illustrated Man 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Traveling Executioner 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

No Way to Treat a Lady 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Harper 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Kaleidoscope 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

I'd Rather Be Rich 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (TV Show)

Director

The Longest Night (TV Show)

Director

The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

The Traveling Executioner 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Prolific director Jack Smight moved nimbly between film and television productions with a passion for quirky, even macabre, fare. Nevertheless, he achieved greater fame for his action films of the 1970s. Smight enrolled in the Army as soon as he reached legal age, becoming a navigator and flying missions in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he studied drama at college in his home state of Minnesota, taking to the stage with a friend, Peter Graves (later of "Mission: Impossible" fame), with whom he later moved to Hollywood. Smight worked his way up to the director's chair on televised plays, winning an Emmy for his direction of Mickey Rooney in "Eddie" in 1958. He directed numerous TV episodes, including several for both "The Twilight Zone" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." He broke into features in 1964 with "I'd Rather Be Rich," the remake of the 1941 comedy "It Started With Eve." This led to a string of further films, including "Harper," with Paul Newman in the title role, and "The Illustrated Man," featuring Rod Steiger in an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story. Smight would float between film and television, including a two-part, highly revered retelling of the Mary Shelley novel, "Frankenstein: The True Story." In his very productive 1970s period, he directed back-to-back action successes: "Airport 1975," a sequel to the disaster film "Airport," and "Midway," the tale of the famous World War II battle.

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